Foreign Minister sacked
President Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed his Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Martynov. Mr Martynov has held the post since 2003 and the dismissal may be linked to a democracy demonstration last month when a light aircraft entered Belarusian airspace and parachuted around 800 teddy bears with democracy messages onto the country.
Mr Martynov has been replaced by Vladimir Makei, the Head of the Presidential Administration.
This is how the Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BeITA) reported the news:
“MINSK, 20 August (BelTA) – Sergei Martynov has been relieved of the post of the Foreign Minister of Belarus and transferred to another job, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian head of state.
Vladimir Makei has been relieved of the post of the Head of the Presidential Administration and appointed Foreign Minister.
The corresponding orders have been signed by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 20 August.”