Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Tuesday appointed Yury Karayew to serve as Belarus’ minister of internal affairs.

Prior to the appointment, Mr. Karayew had served as deputy interior minister/commander of the Interior Troops.

Mr. Karayew succeeded Ihar Shunevich, who resigned from the position on June 10 after holding it since May 2012.

“Today I offered my resignation to the head of state and he accepted it,” General Shunevich told reporters on Monday following his meeting with Alyaksandr Lukashenka. “I hope I will be able to be of use to our state in another position or in another job.”

Mr. Shunevich noted that his decision to resign was a “balanced, right and timely one.”

Mr. Shunevich claimed that he had done a lot of work while serving as minister. “At a certain moment I started to realize that it was necessary to ensure the soundness, consistency, speed and effectiveness of decision-making. It is rather difficult to keep up at times,” he said. “Firstly, there is a need for a fresh look at the ministry`s work. Secondly, as far as my efficiency is concerned, I believe the time has come for me to pick another line of work. I’ve been minister for a rather long time. I may have lost the freshness of vision. Maybe, I really need to try something different. This is the only reason. I told the head of state about it and he agreed.”