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Political situation in the Republic of Belarus after the parliamentary elections of 2024

On February 24, 2024, parliamentary elections (elections of deputies to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the VIII convocation) were held in the Republic of Belarus. 110 deputies were elected in majoritarian constituencies. The previously planned transition to Belarusian multi-party system and party-based elections, which was discussed in 2021, was postponed. Representatives of the pro-presidential party “Belaya Rus,” created in 2023 to support the policy of Alexander Lukashenko (based on the public movement of the same name), received the largest number of votes. Representatives of this party received 51 mandates. 8 mandates went to representatives of the center-left Republican Party of Labor and Justice (after the events of 2020, the party changed its leadership and declared support for the policy of Alexander Lukashenko). Another 7 mandates – representatives of the Communist Party of Belarus. 4 mandates – representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party (political partners of the Russian LDPR). 40 mandates – “independent candidates.” Since the opposition boycotted the elections, there are no representatives of opposition forces in the current convocation of the parliament. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a presidential candidate in the 2020 election, said the vote “does not meet any democratic standards and more resembles a military operation against its own citizens, the constitution and common sense.” “I call on Belarusians and the international community to categorically reject this deception,” she said in a post published on social network X.

In this piece Ascolta analyzes the internal political processes in the country, which three months after the elections have almost completely passed through all the planned stages of transformation, which allows for a more qualitative study and identification of new trends and further prospects for their development. 

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On February 24, 2024, parliamentary elections (elections of deputies to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the VIII convocation) were held in the Republic of Belarus. 110 deputies were elected in majoritarian constituencies. The previously planned transition to Belarusian multi-party system and party-based elections, which was discussed in 2021, was postponed. Representatives of the pro-presidential party “Belaya Rus,” created in 2023 to support the policy of Alexander Lukashenko (based on the public movement of the same name), received the largest number of votes. Representatives of this party received 51 mandates. 8 mandates went to representatives of the center-left Republican Party of Labor and Justice (after the events of 2020, the party changed its leadership and declared support for the policy of Alexander Lukashenko). Another 7 mandates – representatives of the Communist Party of Belarus. 4 mandates – representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party (political partners of the Russian LDPR). 40 mandates – “independent candidates.” Since the opposition boycotted the elections, there are no representatives of opposition forces in the current convocation of the parliament. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a presidential candidate in the 2020 election, said the vote “does not meet any democratic standards and more resembles a military operation against its own citizens, the constitution and common sense.” “I call on Belarusians and the international community to categorically reject this deception,” she said in a post published on social network X.

In this piece Ascolta analyzes the internal political processes in the country, which three months after the elections have almost completely passed through all the planned stages of transformation, which allows for a more qualitative study and identification of new trends and further prospects for their development. 

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