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Lukashenko Slams Plan

MINSK — Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko called measures suggested by his government to stabilize the economy "unacceptable," BelTA reported Thursday.

For most citizens, shops will soon become museums where they can "take a look at the market economy of Myasnikovich and Roumas," the news agency cited Lukashenko as saying, referring to Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Roumas.

In Belarus, consumer prices rose 92.3 percent from a year earlier compared with 79.6 percent in September, the state statistics committee said Thursday on its web site. The government suggested Tuesday a plan that includes keeping 2012 inflation below 19 percent, balancing the budget and recording a trade surplus. The stabilization plan will have to be officially approved by Lukashenko to come into effect.


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