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Igor Dodon: Moldova will take part in the CIS Parliamentary Assembly

During his visit in Moscow between March 16-18, the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, met the Secretary Executive of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Sergey Lebedev.

The two officials discussed about giving (back) the CIS chairmanship to Moldova in the future. Dodon and Lebedev also talked on the recent statement of Parliament speaker Andrian Candu to possibly cancel the participation (as a protest against Russia) at the Parliamentary Assembly of CIS at Sankt-Petersburg during March 26-28.

In this context, President Dodon declared that the Moldovan MPs would participate at the Assembly, no matter what the Parliament and Government leadership says. Dodon was probably referring to his former fellows- Socialist MPs led by Zinaida Greceanîi, so much eager to promote their pro-Russian orientation.

Moldova refused to take over the CIS chairmanship in 2017, stating financial reasons.

The Republic of Moldova joined the CIS in 1991. The Commonwealth incorporates 11 ex-Soviet countries, out of which Ukraine and Turkmenistan are associate members. Georgia withdrew its membership in 2008, while Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania never signed the treaty. The Russian Federation is holding the presidency of the Commonwealth this year.

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

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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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Supreme Court of Justice rejects appeal of Moldova ex-PM Vlad Filat, 9 years sentence stays valid

On 12 December, the Supreme Court of Justice of Moldova rejected as inadmissible the appeal of the former Prime-Minister Vlad Filat.

The Court motivated that the appeals of cancellation regarding Filat’s case are “clearly unfounded”.

According to Ziarul de Gardă, the decision means that Filat used all the national appeal tools and that he can apply for appeal only at the European Court for Human Rights (ECtHR). Igor Popa, the lawyer of the former Liberal-Democrat, previously declared that the European Court is the last hope for “justice”.

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, a decision reinforced by the Appeal Court of Chişinău on November 11th, 2016. Moldova’s Supreme Court rejected Filat’s lawyers’ requests to reexamine the case.

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Poll ordered by Democratic Party: Socialists-24,7%, PAS-16,3%, PDM-12,4%, PDA-5%

IMAS published the results of a poll on the political preferences of Moldovans at the request of the Democratic Party of Moldova.

The poll shows that the rating for the government party Democratic Party increased- to 12,4%. Nevertheless, the Socialists’ Party would lead with 24,7% of votes in the Parliamentary elections, Action and Solidarity Party- 16,3%. Close to the 5% threshold are Platform “Dignity and Truth” rated at 6,4% and the Communists’ Party with 5%. 9,4% of respondents declared they wouldn’t vote, while 14,1% didn’t know how to answer.

Source: IMAS Moldova

In a case of a referendum, 60% of Moldovans would vote for Moldova join the European Union. 44% would vote for the Eurasian Economic Union, 32% for union with Romania and only 21% for joining NATO. Between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, 56% of  Moldovans prefer the EU.

36% rated the activity of President Igor Dodon with grades from 7 to 10, 33% did so for PAS leader Maia Sandu and PM Pavel Filip, 31% for suspended Chișinău mayor Dorin Chirtoacă.

46% of people have little confidence in the Government led by Pavel Filip, 29% have none or very little confidence, while 19% believe in Filip’s cabinet.

According to the poll, 45% of Moldovans have a bad opinion about the initiative of some NGOs and several parties to start a referendum on switching the electoral system back to a proportional one. 38% have a good opinion about the latter. On the other hand, 63% think to spend the money on this referendum would not be justified.

The poll was conducted during November 27-December 7 with 1101 respondents, with an error rate of 3%.

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