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Democrats replace seven Ministers in the Moldovan Government, Iurie Leancă- new deputy PM for European Integration

On December 19th, the leader of the Democratic Party, Vlad Plahotniuc, announced about replacing seven Ministers within the Government of Moldova. This move was made right after the Prime-Minister Filip congratulated his Cabinet for “professionalism and seriousness”. Strange, right?

According to Plahotniuc, the party wants to make the Government “technocratic” and to focus on professionalism rather than the political character.

The new Ministers are the following:

  1. Iurie Leancă– former PM during 2013-2014, Foreign Minister in Filat’s cabinets, current Vice Speaker of the Parliament, leader of the European People’s Party of Moldova- replaces Andrei Galbur;
  2. Deputy Prime-Minister for Reintegration, Cristina Lisnic– current director of the European Integration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs- replaces George Balan;
  3. Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Tudor Ulianovschi– current Ambassador of Moldova to Switzerland- replaces Andrei Galbur;
  4. Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, Chiril Gaburici– former PM in four months of 2015, former director of Moldcell- replaces Octavian Calmîc;
  5. Minister of Justice, Alexandru Tănase– ex-President of the Constitutional Court, former Minister of Justice in Filat 1 Cabinet, founder of the Liberal-Democratic Party- replaces Vladimir Cebotari;
  6. Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Liviu Volcovici– current rector of the Agricultural University of Moldova- replaces Vasile Bîtca;
  7. Minister of Healthcare, Work and Social Protection, Svetlana Cebotari– current director of Blood Transfusion Center- replaces Stela Grigoraș.

President Igor Dodon declared that he would be willing to sign the resignation letters of the current ministers but that he would reject the new ministers, suggesting some should stay in prison, not in the seat of Vice Prime-Minister.

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

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Important: The Foreign Ministry called for Russia’s Ambassador Andrei Neguţă to Chisinau

Moldova’s Ambassador to Russia, Andrei Neguţă, has been called to Chisinau for an indefinite period. The announcement was made today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

According to a press release, the decision was taken in connection with cases of harassment and intimidation by officials of the Russian Federation of official persons and political people from the Republic of Moldova, and their intensification in the last period along with the lack of official responses to repeated steps by the Moldovan authorities on these issues.

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Poll: Vlad Plahotniuc- most corrupt politician in Moldova, 49% of Moldovans don’t trust any politician

The Institute for Public Policy of Moldova published the most recent “Barometer of the Public Opinion” (BOP), a socio-political poll conducted together with CBS-AXA.

According to the poll, 32,5% of Moldovans think the Democrat oligarch is the most corrupt politician in Moldova, being followed by Igor Dodon with 4,9% (cover photo). Nevertheless, 43,9% did not know how to respond, while 7% think all politicians are corrupt.

In case of Parliamentary elections, 26% of Moldovans would vote for the Socialists’ Party, 12,3% for the Action and Solidarity Party. The Platform “Dignity and Truth” and the Democratic Party would get 3,4% and 2,8% respectively. 31,3% declared they don’t know what party to vote for, while 14,2% would not vote.

50,5% of Moldovans don’t understand how the uninominal voting system would work for the Parliamentary elections.

36,9% would favor voting for party lists, 19,1% for a uninominal system, while 16% for a mixed system. 28,1% still don’t know how to answer or probably don’t understand the electoral system in Moldova.

47,2% of Moldovans would vote for joining the European Union in a referendum.

Some 42,4% would vote for joining the Eurasian Economic Union in a referendum.

Only 21,8% would vote in favor of Moldova uniting with Romania, and 56,2% would oppose the move.

Rather shockingly: Some 33% of Moldovans would vote for the union with the Russian Federation. Only 40,3% would oppose the move.

62,3% of respondents answered that Moldova should keep its neutrality as the best solution for the state security.

A federalized Moldova rather scares Moldovans: 38,4% would totally oppose a plan of federalization with Gagauzia and Transnistria as equal subjects with the rest of Moldova. 28,2% would support somehow the federalized state.

Moldovans mostly worry about the prices, the future of their children, the poverty, the unemployment, and the corruption.

As solutions to the country’s problems, Moldovans think first of fighting corruption and changing the government.

Sadly or not, 17,5% would leave Moldova forever if they had the occasion, 31,3% of Moldovans would leave for a period, while 48,5% would not leave at all.

TV remains to be the most popular and trustworthy source of information for Moldovans: 45,9% think of it as of a trustworthy source. 23,6% believe in online sources.

77% of Moldovans believe the things are going in a wrong direction in Moldova.

Thankfully, the Moldovans are more optimistic about how things go in the world: 23,2% think the things are going well, in general.

The Church remains to be the most trusted institution in Moldova with a positive score of 70,7%, followed by the City/Local Council with 40,5% and the Army with 38,2% of trust.

The poll was conducted between 18 November and 5 December 2017 and has an error rate of 2,9%.

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Igor Dodon is planning yet another visit to Moscow at the invitation of Putin

President Igor Dodon announced today that he will leave again in Moscow at the invitation of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. The Russian President invited Igor Dodon to attend the informal summit of the heads of CIS member states, to be held in Moscow on 26 December.

The invitation was sent by Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Chişinău Farit Muhametşin, whom Igor Dodon met today.

“I accepted this invitation, confirming that I will participate in it,” the president wrote on his Facebook page.

Reminder: The last Dodon-Putin meeting took place in October, in Sochi, at the meeting of the CIS Heads of State Council and the Eurasian Supreme Economic Council. Putin met with President Dodon separately and said that Russia would guarantee any possible settlement that would lead to the final settlement of the Transnistrian conflict.

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