New Belarusian parliament to meet in full-fledged format

MINSK, September 29 (Itar-Tass) -- A new deputies' corps of the Chamber of Representatives of the new Belarusian parliament was elected in full-fledged format on September 28, and it will meet in first session in the end of October-early November, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina said on Monday.

The new Lower House will almost immediately have to hold debates on rather serious problems, such as expressing its attitude to the problem of Belarus' recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In the post electoral period Minsk's relations with the West will be probably be developing in a new, but not yet cloudless way, and the new parliament will have to formulate its position in these relations as well.

The opposition and some Western politicians might long be saying yet that the parliamentary election in Belarus was allegedly not free, unfair, and the results falsified. Nonetheless, these voices will not be too strong. International observers from the CIS have given an unequivocally positive assessment of the Belarusian polls. An official position of OSCE observers on the election in Belarus was not officially known yet, but judging by statements made by a number of representatives of the OSCE mission one might draw a conclusion that there will be no sweeping criticism of Belarus.



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