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Belarus’ President fires Prime Minister over corruption

July/August 2018
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Belarus’ President fires Prime Minister over corruption. Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus’ prime minister was fired by President Alexander Lukashenko. In addition to Kobyakov, several other vice-premiers and the ministers for economy and industry have been removed from their posts. The firing relates to a corruption scandal over the summer that involved the country’s health services. Authorities arrested dozens of top health officials, medics, and pharmaceutical representatives over charges that they had siphoned off millions in state funding.