Communist Party of Belarus

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Not to be confused with Communist Party of Belorussia which existed from 1918-1920.
Communist Party of Belarus
Secretary-General Igor Karpenko
Founded 1996
Headquarters Minsk
Membership  (2011) 6,000[1]
Ideology Communism
Marxism-Leninism
International affiliation International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties
Continental affiliation Union of Communist Parties – Communist Party of the Soviet Union
House of Representatives
6 / 110
Council of the Republic
17 / 64
Local seats
265 / 21,288
Website
comparty.by
Politics of Belarus
Political parties
Elections

The Communist Party of Belarus (Belarusian: Камуністы́чная па́ртыя Белару́сі, Kamunistychnaya Partyia Belarusi; Russian: Коммунистическая партия Беларуси, Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Belarusi) is a communist party in Belarus. It was created in 1996 and supports the government of president Alexander Lukashenko.[2] The leader of the party is Tatsyana Holubeva.

The party suggested merging with the Party of Communists of Belarus (PKB) on July 15, 2006. While the Communist Party of Belarus is a pro-presidential party, the Party of Communists of Belarus was one of the major opposition parties in Belarus. According to Sergey Kalyakin, the chairman of the PKB, the so-called "re-unification" of the two parties was a plot designed to oust the opposition PKB.[3]

As a member of the world Communist movement, the KPB enjoys relations with other communist parties in the region and throughout the world to a much greater extent than the PKB, which many in the region have considered "pro-Western."

At the 2004 parliamentary election, the KPB obtained 5.99% and 8 out of 110 seats in the House of Representatives, in 2008 merely 6 seats and even less in 2012 with 3 seats. Still, because of the party's support for President Lukashenko, 17 of its members were appointed by him in the upper house, the Council of the Republic, in 2012.

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