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Moldova Communists to reject the uninominal electoral system, Voronin: We are not convinced

The Party of Communists, once the leading party of Moldova, declared that it is against the change of the current electoral system.

During a press briefing after the Parliament session on March 17th, former President and Communist leader Vladimir Voronin voiced the decision that the current Communist caucus (7 deputies out of initial 21) would not vote for a single member constituency electoral system:

“There are no arguments that could convince us that the imperfection of the current system can be overcome by switching to elections in single member constituencies”, he said.

Voronin thinks that a new system would make the current problems more serious and lead to new problems:

“Bribing the voters and the elected deputies would be much easier, which would lead, certainly, to the concentration of the power in the hands of a small group of persons, that push forward, by all means, the modifications in the Electoral Code”, stressed Moldova’s ex-President.

According to him, the current status quo is the true root of the political corruption and should be replaced, not the electoral system. Voronin thinks that the current government is going to use the new electoral system to stay in power.

On March 6th, the Democratic Party of Moldova, led by oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, announced about proposing a new electoral system for the Parliamentary elections. Instead of the current proportional system, they propose a majoritarian one, where MPs are elected from constituencies of approx. 30000 voters, including some elected by Moldovans living abroad. The deputies would be also liable to dismissal by local referendums during their terms.

The draft law was already registered at the Parliament of Moldova and waits the approval of the Venice Commission (Council of Europe).

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Filip on the Eastern Partnership Summit in November: It will be a crucial one

The Eastern Partnership Summit, scheduled for November in Brussels, will be a crucial moment not only for the future of Eastern European countries but also for the future of the whole of Europe. Moreover, the place of the Republic of Moldova is in the European family, our aspirations must be therefore encouraged and welcomed in the official statements. This is the opinion of the Prime Minister of Moldova, Pavel Filip, which is found in an editorial for Euronews.

The prime minister believes that if pro-Russian socialists came to power, they would abandon their intention of European integration and so a positive signal from Europe to Moldova would be very much appreciated.

“The sanctioning of our constitution’s external strategic vector is, we believe, an adequate response to those who question our intentions, and the Eastern Partnership Summit would strengthen this option. The EU is a symbiosis of democracy, the rule of law, prosperity and development, and our major task is to prove to Moldovan citizens that it can not be achieved without one another. Decisions are important not only for the eastern countries but also for the future of the EU,” says Pavel Filip.

“At the same time, amid reconfigurations, progress and national sensitivities, we argue that the European integration door should be kept open for those who meet the standards. Such an approach would serve both the EU’s goals and ours. We believe in the power of the Eastern Partnership Summit to bring together clear strategic directions and pragmatic ideas, to enhance cooperation and to make it more effective. The principles behind the creation of the EaP should only be reinforced.” declared Filip at the speech’s end.

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PAS to PDM: “Schools are shutting down because people are leaving a corrupt country”

PDM leader Vlad Plahotniuc came with an ironic reaction to PAS president Maia Sandu, who filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office against the leader of PDM.

Reminder: On September 21, PAS lodged a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office in which he demanded the criminal prosecution of the citizen Plahotniuc Vladimir for committing the crime of usurpation of state power.

“If Maia Sandu is watching us right now, I’m announcing her that I’ve also taken over today’s colleagues’ attention at the party meeting. Now she’ll have new evidence to play the political denunciations,” Vlad Plahotniuc ironically declared in the weekly briefing of the party.

“Coincidentally, the topic on the agenda today is Education, the serious problems that are happening because of the closing of schools,” said PDM chairman, further announcing that the ruling party proposed a moratorium on the closure of schools in the country.

Plahotniuc also made the impression of blame on the previous government, which has suffered multiple failures, at which the Action and Solidarity Party said that a man who has become the symbol of corruption, injustice, suffocating the state, democracy and human rights has no moral quality to appreciate change and reform.

“No matter how much the less-fated citizen would want to steal the future of the country, he will not succeed. The man who manipulates and disinforms infinitely does not have the moral right to talk about education,” says the party’s message.

The PAS noted that, regretfully, the educational system has serious problems, and this is because the country was seized by a band of thieves who dealt with their own interest and depleted the state.

“Schools are shutting down because people are leaving a corrupt country. Schools will open when corruption is closed,” declared PAS.

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Igor Dodon had a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi

President Igor Dodon had a meeting with the leader of the Kremlin today, where he asked for his support on the request for obtaining an observer status within the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as for other unsolved political and social issues.

Another thing Dodon put forward for discussion was the extension of the list of Moldovan enterprises that will have access to the Russian market, as well as the amnesty of Moldovan citizens with certain migration violations in Russia.

“We expressed our sincere interest in developing cooperation with the Russian Federation within the CIS and other international bodies,” wrote Dodon on his Facebook page.

Moldova’s position on the Transnistrian problem was explained again by Dodon: it supports the political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict within the “5 + 2” negotiation format in compliance with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, with the granting of a special status to the Transnistrian region.

“We still count on Russia’s support in the process of regulating the Transnistrian conflict and we are interested in real progress in this field during the current year,” Dodon said.

At the same time, he mentioned “the positive role played by the current peacekeeping mission on the Nistru with the participation of the Russian peacekeepers”.

In his turn, Putin showed support for improving the bilateral relations, but also for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict:

“We want to support your sincere intentions to rebuild and to develop Russian-Moldovan relations. From our behalf, we will do everything needed for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict. (…) We will act as warrants for the previous agreements and the agreements that need to take place so that the problem is solved once and forever, in the interest of all people living in this territory”, said Putin, but did not specify which territory.

At the meeting, Igor Dodon complained that the Government and the parliamentary majority in Chisinau are “controlled by the Western countries and make every effort to undermine bilateral relations.” In this context, he declared his disapproval of any anti-Russian moves of the Moldovan authorities, such as the deportations of Russian public servants and journalist from Moldova, and anti-Russian propaganda in the media.

Besides meeting other CIS leaders, Dodon planned a visit to Sochi State University and its students, as well as meeting with representatives of the Moldovan diaspora in the city of Sochi and the region of Krasnodar.

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