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Lukashenko hopes for attracting investment, says expert

The appointment of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the new Prime Minister and first Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic reflects its desire to "throw" the problems of the Belarusian economy on the previous government ahead of presidential elections and provides new managers with large foreign investors such as China, said RIA Novosti Deputy Director of the CIS Institute Vladimir Zharikhin.

On Thursday, President Lukashenko appointed a new Prime Minister of the Republic Roman Golovchenko, first held the post of Chairman of the State military-industrial Committee. Among his previous positions – the Ambassador of Belarus to UAE. Also Lukashenko has appointed first Vice Prime Minister Nikolai Snopkov, from January of this year held the post of Ambassador to China.

According to Zharikhin, these assignments "stem from the task itself, which was solved, when Lukashenka changed the government before the elections".

"On the one hand, a man like Golovchenko, did not show in the information space as one of the leaders of the Belarusian economy, on the other – he is qualified to be Prime Minister", - said the expert.

Speaking about the appointment Snopkov, he noted that he "is well aware of China", and probably thereby Lukashenko "expects to attract rapid investments". "This, as conceived by Lukashenko, will allow Belarus to reduce its dependence on Russia," said Zharikhin.

Overall, in his opinion, these changes were made in order to "throw off the old government all the problems that have arisen in the Belarusian economy and which will prevent Lukashenko in his election campaign."

"President Lukashenko is scared of Belarusian voters, who understand that without the Russian market and investments Belarus can not exist. To calm them, he turned to China, which is rich in investment," - said the Agency interlocutor.