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Lukashenko names key task for authorities

MINSK (BelTA) – The key task for the authorities is to prevent the current difficulties caused by various circumstances from affecting people, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he hosted a meeting on 23 July to discuss the country's economic performance and development, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, the most important issues on which people's everyday life depends should be addressed in the first place. “The election campaign will be over, the political processes will slow down, and the economy will move to the center of public attention. That is why I have invited for a meeting today the central and local authorities responsible for the country's economic development to review the performance of the real economic, services, finance, and social sectors which should be under our closest control. Not a single issue can be neglected. At the start of the year, during the ‘oil pandemic' test, we managed to withstand. Then there was a virus, ‘information' pandemic. Now the political pandemic is underway,” the Belarusian leader said.

“This is hardly a surprise for anyone. We never counted on easy times. We cannot count on them today either. The key task for all of us is different however. At all the costs, we must not allow these difficulties affect our people,” the president said.