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Draft law proposed in Moldova Parliament to deprive ex-PM Vlad Filat of his deputy seat

The governing majority in the Parliament of Moldova proposes to deprive the imprisoned former Prime-Minister Vlad Filat of his seat in the legislative. A law in this sense was proposed in the juridical commission of the Parliament on December 9th, reports

The head of the juridical commission, Democrat Raisa Apolschi, commented for Deschide that the majority has premises to deprive Filat of the deputy seat, since a decision of the Constitutional Court stipulates the execution function of definitive decisions, such as in ex-PM`s case.

“The General Prosecution Office asked for the removal of the impunity, the Office respectively has the obligation to inform us when is final decision, which it did. Furthermore, the Parliament would only have to take the decision that are imposed”, explained Apolschi.

Former Liberal-Democrat Prime-Minister, Vlad Filat, was arrested on October 15th 2015 for allegations of passive corruption and traffic influence towards the then businessman and now mayor of Orhei, Ilan Shor. On June 27th 2016, he was condemned to nine years of closed imprisonment by the Court Buiucani of Chişinău, decision reinforced by the Appeal Court of Chişinău on November 11th.

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Democrat VP Cristina Balan nominated as Moldova Ambassador to the US

8 May 2018- The leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Plahotniuc, announced during his weekly briefing about the nomination of Cristina Balan in the position of Moldovan Ambassador to the United States of America.

Balan’s nomination was consulted with the Parliament’s Committee for Foreign Affairs and European Integration on the same day. Now, Balan has to be confirmed by the Government and then entrusted by the President of Moldova.Cristina Balan, nominalizată pentru ocuparea funcÅ£iei de ambasador al Republicii Moldova în SUA. CV-ul Cristinei Balan

Cristina Balan is the Vice-President of the Democratic Party, being in charge of the party’s foreign affairs. Balan is also an active member of the Socialist International, being part of the Committee for Budget and Finances. In 2017, she received the prize of the “Women of the Year in Politics”. According to her CV, Balan has worked in private companies for more than 15 years. She is also the president of the Foundation for Modern Democracy.

Foreign policy expert and PAS Vice-President, Mihai Popșoi, has criticized the nomination of Balan, suggesting her Ambassadorship will serve the interests of her former boss, Vlad Plahotniuc:

“The mission of Mrs. Balan at Washington will rather one of coordinating the lobby efforts of her party leader because PDM’s PR budget in the US is way bigger than that the budget of the Embassy. The decision to nominate a person without the necessary training, though from the closest circle of the coordinator, denotes the lack of human resources within PD, but also the lack of trust towards our diplomatic corps”, posted Popșoi, mentioning that Balan participated the privatization of the Codru hotel.

Former Moldova Representative at the UN, Vlad Lupan, believes that the approval of Balan by President Dodon would confirm the division of powers between the Socialist and the Democrat parties:

“It would be interesting to learn what President Dodon got in exchange for the nomination of Mrs. Balan and Mr. Ciocoi in the control position of importance for Mr. Plahotniuc. This kind of “distribution” and the agreements with Dodon contradicts the narrative that PD is pro-Western”, says Lupan, mentioning the recent appointing of former Ambassador to US Aurel Ciocoi in the position of Dodon’s foreign policy adviser.

Not denying that Balan might have negotiation experience in the business sphere, former Ambassador to the UN suggests that the business skills and the diplomacy school skills do not always match.

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MP leaves Democratic Party, Moldova Parliament for “New Gagauzia” group

27 April 2018- The Member of the Moldovan Parliament, Nikolay Dudoglo, announced about his withdrawal from the Democratic Party (PDM) and the withdrawal of his MP mandate.

Dudoglo was reportedly asked by the Democratic leadership to choose between his membership in the party and his participation in a new regional political movement “Eni Gagauzia” (New Gagauzia). In a press release of the organization, the Gagauz MP and former Comrat mayor stated that he chose to lead New Gagauzia because “it is time to make Gagauzia a strong region”.

Dudoglo confessed that despite having a fruitful work with PDM members, he abstained from voting for projects that did not coincide with his vision on Gagauzia. His recent activity within New Gagauzia posed a problem for the Democrats:

“The leadership of PDM believes that some of my actions, that I undertook from Gagauzia’s perspective, violate the principles of the party and the European vector of the development of the State”, said the MP.

Dudoglo underlined that he would remain politically active as a “leader” of his people:

“I stay with the conviction that we need to act the way our people want. I am sure that I can fulfill serious tasks, which are put before us by life, being an independent leader of my people (literal meaning nation–“, concluded Dudoglo, expressing his hope for understanding and support.

New Gagauzia reportedly joined the Democratic Party of Moldova in 2012.

Gagauzia was established in 1994 as an autonomy for around 150 000 Gagauz (Turkish origin) people in the south of the Republic of Moldova. Gagauzia’s leadership is composed of the directly elected bashkan, now Irina Vlah, and the People’s Assembly.

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Silvia Radu resigns from position of Chișinău interim mayor to participate in elections

25 April 2018- Silvia Radu announced that she would resign from the position of interim mayor of Chișinău. The decision was made after she was registered as an independent candidate in the mayoral elections from May 20th.

“I am leaving the leadership of the City Council to win the elections. I want the changes in this city to go on, to have a European city. I wish that all projects initiated by me continued. They are projects that the city needs”said Radu, mentioning that she would finance her campaign from her family’s money.

The responsibilities of interim mayor would thus go to the vice-mayor, Ruslan Codreanu.

So far, 12 candidates registered for the mayoral race in Chișinău. The elections were announced early because of the resignation of Dorin Chirtoacă, investigated in a corruption case.

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