Belarusian Left Party "A Just World"

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Belarusian Left Party «A Just World»

Беларуская партыя аб'яднаных левых «Справядлівы сьвет»
Belarusian nameБеларуская партыя аб'яднаных левых «Справядлівы сьвет»
LeaderSergey Kalyakin
Founded1991 (1991)
IdeologyCommunism
Marxism
Socialism of the 21st century
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationUnited Democratic Forces of Belarus
European affiliationParty of the European Left
ColoursRed
House of Representatives
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Council of the Republic
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Website
www.spravmir.org

The Belarusian Left Party "A Just World" (Belarusian: Беларуская партыя аб'яднаных левых «Справядлівы сьвет», Russian: Белорусская партия объединённых левых «Справедливый мир») is a left-wing political party in Belarus, which opposes the government of president Alexander Lukashenko. Until October 2009 it was known as the Party of Belarusian Communists (Belarusian: Партыя камуністаў Беларусі, romanized: Partyja Kamunistau Bielarusi, Russian: Партия коммунистов Белоруссии, romanized: Partiya Kommunistov Belorussii).

History[edit]

Founded as the Party of Belarusian Communists (PKB) in 1991 as the successor of the ruling Communist Party of Byelorussia, the organization originally emerged as one of the major political parties in independent Belarus. The Party of Communists of Belarus should be distinguished from the pro-Alexander Lukashenko Communist Party of Belarus, which broke away from PKB in 1996.

At the legislative elections, 13–17 October 2004, the party was part of the People's Coalition 5 Plus, which didn't secure any seats. These elections fell significantly short of OSCE commitments according to the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission. Universal principles and constitutionally guaranteed rights of expression, association and assembly were seriously challenged, calling into question the Belarusian authorities’ willingness to respect the concept of political competition on a basis of equal treatment. According to this mission principles of an inclusive democratic process, whereby citizens have the right to seek political office without discrimination, candidates to present their views without obstruction, and voters to learn about them and discuss them freely, were largely ignored.[1]

The party was banned for six months for paperwork irregularities on August 2, 2007.[2]

The party is led by Sergey Kalyakin. On February 2007, Kalyakin visited the United States and met both chambers of the US Congress, Department of State officials, and representatives of non-governmental organizations in order to discuss ways in which the United States could influence processes that are taking place in Belarus. In addition, Kalyakin would suggest that the United States, the European Union and Russia should cooperate to develop a common policy regarding Belarus.[3]

As of October 2009, the party is a member of the Party of the European Left.[4]

In November 2009 the party decided to be renamed to Belarusian United Left Party "A Just World."[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Party candidate Votes % Votes % Result
First round Second round
1994 Vasil Novikau 253,009 4.4% - - Lost Red XN

House of Representatives elections[edit]

Election Votes % Seats +/–
1995 Not released Not released
43 / 260
Increase 43
2000 Not released Not released
0 / 110
Decrease 43
2012 Not released Not released
0 / 110
Steady
2016 72,185 1.40%
0 / 110
Steady

References[edit]

  1. ^ PDF Archived September 6, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Internet hostile to Belarus: president". Reuters. 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
  3. ^ "Group of Belarusian opposition leaders to visit USA". naviny.by. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. ^ Member parties of the European Left Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Belarus". europeanforum.net. Archived from the original on 18 April 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2015.

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