Belarusian president fires prime minister

  • 2003-07-17
  • Valery Kalinovsky
AFP MINSKThe authoritarian president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, fired his prime minister July 10 along with several other senior officials, blaming them for the troubles of the struggling former Soviet country.The sacked prime minister, Gennady Novitsky, has been temporarily replaced by First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky, administration officials quoted Lukashenko as telling a government meeting.Belarus has become increasingly isolated since the Soviet Union's collapse under Lukashenko's rule, even from its main ally, Russia. The dictator's insistence on maintaining a social...
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