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Belarus government promised retirement for insufficient economy growth

MINSK, 1 March (BelTA) – The government will be immediately fired if the economy development results of the year 2012 are repeated. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made the statement at the session of the Council of Ministers held on 1 March to discuss the social and economic development of the country in 2012 and goals for 2013, BelTA has learned.

“The situation we saw last year is totally unacceptable this year!” the President emphasized. “If last year is repeated, the government will be immediately fired!”

Yet Alexander Lukashenko remarked that the situation in the country was not so bad, with positive trends secured in several areas. “I am present at the session of the government not because something is very bad. Some things are insufficiently good, not as good as we would like them to be,” said the President.

The head of state underlined that the year 2013 is a decisive year for the five-year term. “It is important to make things certain and work hard in order not to feel shame when we gather for the All-Belarusian People’s Congress before the entire nation in 2-2.5 years”.

Alexander Lukashenko warned that the present session should contain more than reports. “We all know the statistics, we know how the government and the regions perform. I am interested in the ways we should act if some things are bad in order to make them better, to make them good,” said the head of state.