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Crucial: President Dodon asks the Government to replace “History of Romanians” with “History of Moldova” in school

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On 16 March 2017, the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, sent a letter to the Prime-Minister asking to replace the history subject “History of Romanians” in schools with “History of Moldova” starting from the 2017-2018 academic year.

One of the reasons for replacement stated by Dodon is that the current “History of Romanians” keeps the tension in the society regarding the future of the Moldovan state and would impede the consolidation of its statehood.

The President claims that the biggest part of Moldova’s population is for introducing “History of Moldova” in the school curriculum.

Historian Virgil Pîslariuc believes that Dodon’s claim is illegitimate, because the politicians cannot demand how to present history and should leave the responsibility to the academic sphere.

Dodon is known for his policy of over-promoting Moldovan identity and statehood in contrast to the Romanian identity of most of Moldovans.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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Moldova Electoral Commission rejects civic initiative for referendum on abolishing new electoral system

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Map of the electoral districts for the 2018 Parliamentary elections, Source: Radio Free Europe based on data of the Moldovan Government

12 January 2018- The Central Electoral Commission of Moldova rejected the initiative for starting a legislative national referendum on abolishing the recently adopted mixed electoral system.

The Commission reportedly found violations of the electoral code in the erroneous registration of participants in the constituent meeting of the initiative group, non-uniformities at the vote counting and decision adoption, choosing an inexact number of members of the initiative group, as well as the change of the electoral law in question. The electoral body claims that the initiative group did not propose new regulations of the elections, thus eliminating the legislation on the Parliamentary elections.

One of the leaders of the initiative group, Ștefan Gligor, thinks that the decision of the Commission is a politically motivated one.

On 21 November 2017, several representatives of different non-governmental organizations announced an initiative of collecting signatures for a referendum on abolishing the controversial mixed electoral system in Moldova. The NGOs expected to collect at least 200 thousand signatures to start the legislative referendum.

The initiators of the referendum think that the Democratic Party changed the electoral system because it understood it would not enter the next Parliament with a 4% public support. According to them, the whole Parliament that adopted the so-called Law nr.154 on the mixed electoral system can be considered illegitimate because about a quarter of the deputies changed their caucuses in the meantime.

According to the new electoral system, 51 MPs would be elected from electoral districts and 50 from party lists. The current edition of the electoral law also stipulates that the electoral districts would be formed by a special Government commission, composed of civil society and political parties’ representatives, as well as representatives of ethnic minorities and expert bodies. The shape of the electoral districts would be published one year before the elections. Voters from Transnistria and from abroad would be represented on the geographical basis, besides their electoral “weight”. 7 electoral debates have been organized to debate the draft on the mixed electoral system, but a large part of the civil society and all opposition parties refused to participate and had little involvement stating that the new system does not address the real problems of the electoral process. The Venice Commission strongly advised the Moldovan authorities not to implement the mixed electoral system at the current moment.

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6 Moldovan Socialist MPs lied about withdrawing their Romanian citizenship

Unimedia found out that the six Moldovan Socialist MPs who promised to give up on their Romanian citizenship did not submit any request of withdrawal to the Romanian authorities. “Following your request, registered with the NCA, regarding the submission of the Romanian citizenship waiver files by Alla Dolin, Corneliu Furculita, Adrian Lebedischi, Ghenadi Mitriuc, Radu Mudreac and Anatolie Labunet as a result of the check in the ANC records, it was found that the aforementioned do not appear with such requests “, says ANC, an institution of the Ministry of Justice of Romania.

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During and after the parliamentary elections in November 2014, the leader of the Party of Socialists, Igor Dodon, the current head of the state, declared on several occasions that the socialist deputies holding the citizenship of Romania will give up on it.

The six Socialist MPs continue to enjoy the benefits of an European citizenship, despite their anti-European position. The respective MPs are Alla Dolin, Corneliu Furculita, Anatolie Labunet, Radu Mudreac, Ghenadi Mitriuc and Adrian Lebedinschi.

On December 1, Socialist Radu Mudreac refused to say why he applied for Romanian citizenship.

“I told you I won’t comment on the messages in Romanian language, I’m a Moldovan. I have applied for it for the same reason my colleagues did- a personal one.”

Source: Unimedia.md

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Parliament Speaker Candu promulgates “anti-propaganda” law instead of suspended President Dodon

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10 January 2018- The Parliament Speaker, Andrian Candu, signed the decree of promulgating the law modifying the Audiovisual Code to prevent the foreign propaganda in Moldova. Candu promulgated the law as an interim President due to the suspension of President Igor Dodon by the Constitutional Court.

The adopted law, readopted on 22 January 2017, provides the permission for TV and radio broadcasting of informative, analytical, military and political content that is produced in the countries that ratified the European Convention on Transborder Television, EU member states, US and Canada. The law also stipulates sanctions for broadcasters that violate the law: from fines to canceling broadcasting licenses in less than 30 days by a court.

Most probably, the law is directed against the Russian propaganda TV shows that are rebroadcasted in Moldova through the local franchises.

President Dodon previously submitted a complaint to the Constitutional Court, saying it violates such fundamental right as “freedom of expression, freedom of the press, right to opinion etc.” He believes the “anti-propaganda law” is an obvious violation of the right to information in Moldova.

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