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Lukashenko promotes oblast governors, Minsk mayor to major-general rank

MINSK, 3 November (BelTA) – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has promoted oblast governors and the Minsk mayor to the rank of major-general because they are the heads of defense councils of the relevant regions. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made the decision as he visited a stationary control post of the territorial defense headquarters in Minsk on 3 November, BelTA has learned.

Addressing Nikolai Ladutko, Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee, the Belarusian head of state said: “He is a major-general as of today. He is responsible for territorial defense with his head. And it is his right to deploy territorial defense after informing the President and getting his approval”.

Alexander Lukashenko also remarked that it is necessary to hold a territorial defense exercise in Minsk every year.