Alexander Lukashenkoon: Sergey Guneev / RIA Novosti
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarusian businessmen are satisfied with its mode of governance. He said this at a briefing after a meeting with Austrian counterpart Alexander van der Ballena, reports Deutsche Welle (DW).
According to the Belarusian leader, many have accused it of totalitarianism and dictatorship. “And I say: ask the businessmen. This dictatorship is like?… So why engage in double-talk and to talk about some kind of democracy? Look to your democracy you’re not buried,” — said Lukashenko.
Answering a reporter’s question about civil rights, the President spoke about the social rights — the right to work, opportunities to work at home or abroad, free education and medicine. “Give me one EU country that would have reached such a level of social guarantees!” — the President said.
Earlier in November, it was reported that at the meeting with Austrian President Lukashenko spoke about the readiness of Minsk to hold a membership in the Council of Europe. Prior to that, der Bellen reminded that the legalization of the death penalty does not allow the Republic to be a full member of the organization. According to Lukashenko, the abolition of the death penalty is possible, but only after a national referendum.
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