MINSK, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday appointed Mikhail Myasnikovich as the country's new prime minister.
In a government reshuffle that came after a presidential election, Lukashenko also appointed four new vice prime ministers, the president's press service said.
Since 2001, Myasnikovich has served as chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Myasnikovich will replace Sergei Sidorsky, who was prime minister since 2003.
Lukashenko won a fourth term in the Dec. 19 presidential election. According to the Belarusian Constitution, the outgoing government relinquishes its power to the newly elected president. The president introduces the candidature of the new prime minister to Parliament for approval.