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

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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 Deschide.md.

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.

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

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President Igor Dodon gets temporarily suspended for the third time, promises retaliation after elections

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5 January 2018- The Constitutional Court of Moldova temporarily suspended President Igor Dodon after he repeatedly vetoed the “anti-propaganda law” adopted by the Parliament.

The High Court also decided that the respective law would be promulgated by an interim Presiden- either the Parliament speaker or the Prime-Minister. The decision motivates that the President had to promulgate the law despite his doubts about its constitutionality.

In response, Dodon declared in a Facebook post that “what the government does with the help of the Constitutional Court will not go away without consequences”. Moreover, he promises to retaliate after the Parliamentary elections, accusing the Court members who have dual Romanian citizenship of lack of loyalty:

“After the Parliamentary elections, that will be launched in some months, we will change and repair some things. In the Government, in the Parliament, in the Constitutional Court. It is unacceptable that citizens that took an oath to the Romanian state get to decide the politics of the Moldovan state”, says Dodon.

The President believes the “anti-propaganda law” is an obvious violation of the right to information in Moldova, drawing the attention that some media outlets that openly promotes the “liquidation of the statehood of the Republic of Moldova” are not punished.

One day before, Dodon submitted a complaint to the Court, saying it violates such fundamental right as “freedom of expression, freedom of the press, right to opinion etc.”

For Dodon, the suspension is the third temporary suspension from his Presidency seat because of his repeated veto on proposals of the Government, as it was in the recent case of the seven ministers, or those of the Parliament, as it is in the case of the “anti-propaganda law”.

In October 2017, the Court ruled that Dodon could not exercise his rights after vetoing the appointing of the Defense Minister Eugen Sturza. Thus, the Parliament speaker Andrian Candu, as an interim President for some hours, could appoint Sturza.

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President Dodon complains to Constitutional Court about “anti-propaganda” law

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4 January 2018- President Igor Dodon informed about his complaint to Moldova’s Constitutional Court about the so-called “anti-propaganda” law violating several human rights.

Dodon believes the law banning foreign propaganda TV/Radio shows violates the democratic principles and more directly such fundamental right as “freedom of expression, freedom of the press, right to opinion etc.”. The President thinks the law creates censorship, contrary to the Constitution and “unacceptable in a state with rule of law”.

In addition, Dodon sent a letter to the Parliament speaker explaining why he does not want to promulgate the given law.

Meanwhile, the Democrat MP Sergiu Sîrbu submitted a complaint to the Constitutional Court about Dodon’s unwillingness to promulgate the law on the “foreign propaganda”. Sîrbu asks the High Court to temporarily strip the President of his power to “institutionally” block the respective law. A decision will be made by the Court on 5 January.

For Dodon, this would mean a third temporary suspension from his Presidency seat because of his repeated veto on proposals of the Government, as it was in the recent case of the seven ministers, or those of the Parliament, as it can be in the case of the “anti-propaganda law”.

In October 2017, the Court ruled that Dodon could not exercise his rights after vetoing the appointing of the Defense Minister Eugen Sturza. Thus, the Parliament speaker Andrian Candu, as an interim President for some hours, could appoint Sturza.

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Igor Dodon confirms Turkey will renovate Moldova’s Presidency building

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Photo of the Presidency building before 2009

4 January 2018- The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, had a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador, H.E. Hulusi Kiliç, to discuss the current state of bilateral relations.

According to Dodon’s Facebook post on the meeting, Ambassador Kiliç confirmed that the public listing for selecting a company for renovating the Presidency building was successfully held. Dodon confirmed that he agreed with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that Moldova’s Presidency building would be renovated with the support of Turkey, and that the works would start in the second part of January:

“The building is supposed to be opened during the official visit of President Erdoğan at Chișinău, which will be made upon my invitation and which is scheduled for May of this year”, says Dodon, adding that Turkey contributes to tens of social projects in Gagauzia.

The Presidency building, situated on 154 Ștefan Cel Mare și Sfânt Boulevard in Chișinău, was devastated as a result of the anti-communist protests on 7 April 2009. Dodon was the Minister of Economy in the Communists’ Party Government.

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