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5 June 2020

New Belarusian government described as fit for combat, in need of new work style

The composition of the government is absolutely fit for combat but the work style and methods need a bit of tweaking. The statement was made by Roman Golovchenko, who was appointed Belarus’ prime minister on 4 June. The statement was made as the prime minister was introduced to heads of government agencies and personnel of the Office of the Council of Ministers, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko thanked the head of state for the trust. He noted that this trust was a payment in advance, which entails responsibility, including the fulfillment of instructions.

Roman Golovchenko said: “Certainly, getting this kind of job and working in a complicated period of time represent kind of a challenge, too. As the president said, our case is unique when several ‘pandemics’ overlap each other: the actual pandemic related to healthcare, an economic crisis, the election, and an ideological pandemic when all possible foes and adversaries have come out of the woodwork. It adds responsibility to our mission. I am glad that the backbone of the government has been preserved, the composition is absolutely fit for combat.”

At the same time Roman Golovchenko believes that it is necessary to tweak the style and methods of the government’s work in new conditions. “The pandemic that has yet to end and the crisis have demonstrated that delays cannot be tolerated. We must not be bogged down in some interagency reconciliation procedures, approval steps, attempts to win some better conditions for someone’s own agency. We have neither time nor resources for it. Because if we are bogged down in interagency contradictions, we sometimes lose the key thing – time. And time is becoming a critical factor now,” Roman Golovchenko said.