Vyacheslav Kebich

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Vyacheslav Kebich
Prime Minister of Belarus
In office
19 September 1991 – 21 July 1994
Succeeded by Mikhail Chyhir
Personal details
Born (1936-06-10) 10 June 1936 (age 78)
Кonyushevschinа, Minsk voblast, Byelorussian SSR, USSR
Profession Engineer

Vyacheslav Frantsevich Kebich (Belarusian: Вячаслаў Францавіч Кебіч [vʲatʂaˈslaw kˈʲɛbʲitʂ], Russian: Вячесла́в Фра́нцевич Ке́бич; born 10 June 1936 in a village near Wołożyn, Poland)[1] is a political figure from Belarus.

Prime Minister of Belarus[edit]

He was the first Prime Minister of Belarus, serving from 1991 until 1994, having held the equivalent office of the Byelorussian SSR since 1990. During his tenure in office he promoted a pro-Russian stance. In early February 1994 that he 'would continue campaigning for a [monetary] union with [Russia], as I always have done and am doing now. It is not just a question of economic circumstances. We are linked by the closest spiritual bonds; we have a common history and similar cultures'. In early March he told parliament that Belarusian-Russian relations were Minsk's basic foreign policy priority, 'owing to the community of Belarusian-Russian culture, the identical interests of two fraternal peoples.

Other rôles and background[edit]

Kebich was also one of two candidates in the final running for President of Belarus in 1994, but losing to current leader Alexander Lukashenko by a wide margin. After that election, he has led the Belarusian Commerce and Financial Union and was member of the House of Representatives.

Before his career as a politician, Kebich worked as an engineer.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernard A. Cook (2001). Europe since 1945: An Encyclopedia - Vol. 2. New York: Garland. p. 718. Retrieved 1 September 2013.