Belarus president promises fair elections

Presidential elections in Belarus would be conducted in a strict accordance with the national and international laws, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday.

"Belarus is preparing for a major internal political event, the election of the state head. Being the incumbent president, I would like to assure you that I will do my best to hold the election in strict compliance with national laws and international standards," Lukashenko told foreign ambassadors in Minsk, as quoted by Interfax news agency.

He also said that political and business life of the country was opened, official Belta news agency reported.

"You could see everything with your own eyes," he said, expressing his hope that the ambassadors would be "benevolent and unbiased observers" of the life in the country.

Lukashenko stressed that the main problems Belarus faced were economy liberalization, freeing of creative and entrepreneurial initiative, creating favorable investment climate, access to know-how.

"Belarus is opened for mutually beneficial cooperation with every country," Lukashenko assured.

Presidential elections in Belarus have been planned for Dec. 19. If Lukashenko wins, it will be his fifth term in office.


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