Vyacheslav Kebich

Vyacheslav Frantsevich Kebich (Belarusian: Вячаслаў Францавіч Кебіч, romanizedViačaslaŭ Francavič Kyebič [vʲatʂaˈslaw kˈʲɛbʲitʂ], Russian: Вячесла́в Фра́нцевич Ке́бич; 10 June 1936[1] – 9 December 2020[2][3]) was a Belarusian politician and the 1st prime minister of Belarus from 1991 to 1994.

Vyacheslav Kebich
Вячеслав Францевич Кебич.jpg
1st Prime Minister of Belarus
In office
19 September 1991 – 21 July 1994
LeaderStanislav Shushkevich
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMikhail Chyhir
Personal details
Born(1936-06-10)10 June 1936
Koniuszewszczyzna, Poland
Died9 December 2020(2020-12-09) (aged 84)
Minsk, Belarus
ProfessionEngineer

Prime Minister of BelarusEdit

Kebich 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 he stated 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.'[4]

Other roles and backgroundEdit

Kebich was one of the drafters and signees of the Belavezha Accords that effectively ended the Soviet Union and founded the Commonwealth of Independent States. He was also one of two candidates in the final running for President of Belarus in 1994 but lost to current leader Alexander Lukashenko by a wide margin. After the election, he led the Belarusian Commerce and Financial Union and was a member of the House of Representatives.

Before his career as a politician, Kebich worked as an engineer.[5] He was born on 10 June 1936, in the village of Konyushevshchina (present-day Minsk region of Belarus). In 1958 he graduated from the engineering department of the Belarusian Polytechnic Institute. He studied at the Higher Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus.[6]

DeathEdit

Kebich died from COVID-19 on 9 December 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Belarus.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bernard A. Cook (2001). Europe since 1945: An Encyclopedia - Vol. 2. New York: Garland. p. 718. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Памёр першы прэм'ер-міністр Беларусі Вячаслаў Кебіч: каранавірус". Наша Ніва. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Vyacheslav Kebich, Belarus' first premier, dies at 84". eng.belta.by. 9 December 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Clinton Visit Is `Reward' for Belarus". 14 January 1994. Retrieved 9 December 2020 – via Christian Science Monitor.
  5. ^ "President's congratulations on Kebich's 70th birthday, 10 June 2006". Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Умер экс-премьер Белоруссии Вячеслав Кебич". Газета.Ru (in Russian). Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  7. ^ Умер Вячеслав Кебич. У него был коронавирус (in Russian)