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Former Communist MP joins the Democratic Party of Moldova

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8 February 2018- Aliona Babiuc, who entered the Moldovan Parliament on the list of the Communist’s Party, joined the caucus of the Democratic Party. The information was made public by the Democrat MP Sergiu Sîrbu, quoted by tv8.md.

On 15 December 2017, when Babiuc just entered the Parliament, the Communists announced that their caucus would include only 6 deputies, excluding the new MP. The MP was excluded from the Communists’ Party in 2015 for “not taking measures aiming at the consolidation of the ideological and organizatorical unity of the party in Briceni district”.

The Democrat caucus accounts for 42 MPs now, even if only 19 were elected directly in 2014. In 2017, 14 former Communists, one Socialist MP and 7 former Liberal-Democrats joined the Democrats in the Parliament- all moves seem like a series of acquisitions made by the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

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

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Head of Moldova’s Security and Intelligence Service resigns after 2 months

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20 February 2018- Vitalie Pîrlog asked the Parliament of Moldova to initiate the procedure of dismissing him from the position of the director of the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS). The resignation was submitted on February 19th.

Pîrlog motivated his resignation with his activity within INTERPOL:

“The option of withdrawing myself from the position of director of SIS and acting only on the INTERPOL dimension has at the basis the will to continue those important reforms at whose start I participated in the Commission for the Control of Files of Interpol”, reads the resignation letter, which is to be processed by the Juridical Commission of Moldova’s legislative.

Vitalie Pîrlog was appointed by the Parliament in the position of director of SIS for 5 years in December 2017.

Between 2001 and 2006, Pîrlog was the representative of the Moldovan Government to the ECtHR. In the Communist government between 2006 and 2009, he held the seat of Justice Minister. In 2013, he was a potential candidate for the seat of Prosecutor General of Moldova but was reportedly rejected by the Liberal-Democratic Party.

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Action and Solidarity Party submits complaint to Moldova Constitutional Court on uninominal districts

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The new uninominal districts of Moldova, Source: Government of Moldova, processed by Radio Free Europe Moldova

16 February 2018- The Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), with the help of MP Grigore Cobzac, submitted a complaint to Moldova’s Constitutional Court on the non-constitutionality of Government’s decision on the uninominal electoral circumscriptions (Decision Nr. 970/2017 from 15.11.2017).

According to PAS, the decision violates several articles of the Electoral Code and the 239th law from 2008 on the transparency in decision-making. PAS thinks that the formed uninominal districts violated the limits of 55-60 thousand voters per one district. Only 10 districts, all situated in Chișinău, follow the rule. In addition, the maximum deviation of 10% in voting population was violated in some cases.

The party led by Maia Sandu also found a violation at the formation of the circumscriptions for the voters living abroad- the districts were simply approved by the commission members.

In addition, 9 Chișinău districts were formed in the 5 official quarters by dividing them contrary to a condition of non-division of 1st level administrative units.

Putting localities from different (at least 2) administrative districts was exceedingly used as an exception, contrary to the general rule of keeping localities within the same administrative borders.

In regard to the transparency, PAS is accusing the Government of adopting the format of the uninominal districts without organizing consultations or hearings with the civil society.

PAS asks the Constitutional Court to examine the non-constitutionality of the uninominal circumscriptions because of its violation of the “rule of law” principles, written in the 3rd paragraph of the 1st article of Moldova’s Constitution.

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. The European Union and the United States were disappointed by Moldova Parliament’s decision to disregard Venice Commission, ODIHR recommendations.

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Dorin Chirtoacă resigns from the position of Chișinău mayor

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16 February 2018- Dorin Chirtoacă resigned from the position of mayor of Moldova’s capital, Chișinău. Chirtoacă believes that the Chișinău local elections should be held in May 2018.

The Liberal declared that his resignation is a sign of protest against the current government. He says that he received the mandate from the citizens, and not “from Plahotniuc, Dodon, Leancă or from this band”.

The interim mayor, Silvia Radu, welcomed Chirtoacă’s resignation, saying that her job is only a temporary one.

“I don’t see any solution other than snap elections in Chișinău. The locals of the capital need to have a representative at the mayor’s office: good, bad, smart or not so much, but theirs, not elected by Plahotniuc or others”, said Chirtoacă.

At the same time, he pledges innocent in his case.

Liberal Dorin Chirtoacă has been the mayor of Chișinău since 2007, now doing his third term in office. Chirtoacă has been under house arrest since May 2017, being investigated for traffic influence over the parking lot payroll. On July 28th, he was suspended from the position of mayor of Moldova’s capital until a final decision of the court. At the beginning of September, after the proposal of the Socialists, the Chisinau Municipal Council approved the organization of a plebiscite for the dismissal of the mayor, which would take place on November 19th. The referendum failed due to low turnout.

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