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Moldova Democrats to move to new HQ previously belonging to Communists’ Party

On November 29th, the investigative journalist group, Rise Moldova, reported on a banner of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) being installed on a neighboring building previously belonging to the Communists’ Party, led by ex-President Vladimir Voronin. This would mean that the Moldovan Democrats are about to move in a new office. Interesting, but the building has an even more interesting history of ownership.

The building situated in the center of Chișinău was built during the last years of Voronin’s rule, between 2006 and 2009, with a loan of 22 million lei from now-closed Banca de Economii. In 2009, when the “pro-European” parties to power, the Government confiscated the building after challenging the decision of the Chișinău City Council to give the land to the Communists in 2009.

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The Communists’ Party thus did not manage to move to the new office. In December 2016, the court lifted the confiscation order. Following that, on 5 January 2017, the Communists’ Party sold the building to the foreign Constar Invest SRL, owned by the Belize-based Jarrow Business SA. RISE Moldova learned that Jarrow Business is represented by the Moldovan citizen Serghei Noscov- a key person in the management of the multiple businesses of the Democrat oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

The moving into a new office was initially rejected as a fact by the Democrats’ spokesperson, but then the Parliament speaker Andrian Candu recognized that his party was looking for new HQ for a long time. According to Candu, the rent price is still being negotiated, but the visual reparations will be covered by the owner of the building. He told the press that he doesn’t know about the hotel and resting spaces in the new building, but emphasized that PDM needs offices for the party leadership and rooms for meeting members and party supporters.

Worryingly enough, only one day after reporting about the new HQ of the Democrats, RISE Moldova was “visited” by two policemen that were conducting the “research of the area”. Asked if the research has anything to do with the Democrats’ new HQ, one of the policemen answered promptly: “We are doing our job!”. An attempt of intimidation? More than probable.

Some might look at the new office of the Democrats as a reincarnation of the Communists in Moldova. Interestingly enough, about 16 former Communists emigrated to the Democratic Party since 2009, including former Parliament speaker Marian Lupu (leader of the Democrats until December 2016) and Sergiu Sîrbu, a close relative of the ex-President Vladimir Voronin. The Democratic caucus now contains 41 deputies, only 19 elected from the electoral lists of the Democratic Party in 2014.

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Poll: PSRM- 49%, PPDA – 15%, PDM – 13% and PAS – 11%

Should parliamentary elections be held next Sunday, four parties would pass over the threshold into the legislature. They are PSRM, PPDA, PAS and PDM. This comes out of the latest poll by the Sociologists and Demographers Association from Moldova.

Almost 50% of the respondents with clear voting intentions would cast their ballots for the Socialists Party (49.7%). The number of the Socialists’ voters has slightly dropped, compared to the results of a similar research presented in April (50.5%).

PPDA would come second and would collect 15.9% of the votes of the interviewed. In April, the rating of Andrei Năstase’s party was 8.9%.

The Democratic Party from Moldova would garner 13.5%, compared to 10.7% in April. The ranking of the parties with chances to get into the Parliament is closed by Maia Sandu’s organization. PAS would get 11.1% of the votes from the decided respondents, as compared to 19.3% in the previous poll.

The poll was carried out from June 26 through July 7 on a sample of 1,195 respondents from 81 Moldovan localities. The error margin is +/-3%.

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“Let’s stop the dictator”: Protest in Chișinău against the invalidation of mayor election results

1 July 2018- Another protest called “Let’s stop the dictator!” is taking place today in Chișinău over the invalidation of election results, hence the mandate of Andrei Năstase as mayor-elect.

The protesters ask for the validation of the results of Chișinău mayor elections, suggesting that the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, obviously bothered by Năstase’s win, influenced the judicial decision. On June 29th, the Central Electoral Commission took the decision to invalidate the results, after Moldova’s Supreme Court annulled the results.

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On June 25th, Moldova’s Supreme Court of Justice rejected the complaint of Chișinău mayor-elect Andrei Năstase and upheld the decision to invalidate the results of June 3 mayoral elections.
The initial invalidation decision was a claim that 3 Facebook live videos posted by Năstase on election day and calling people to vote allegedly influenced the results. The court decided to annul the results based on a complaint filed by the Socialists’ Party, but later even Năstase’s former opponent Ion Ceban declared he wanted the court “just to notice some violations”, not to completely cancel the election results.
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Mogherini, Hahn: We expect the Moldovan authorities to take measures ensuring Chișinău election results are respected

27 June 2018- EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn made a statement on the invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chișinău.

According to Mogherini and Hahh, the “non-transparent invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chișinău”, confirmed by Moldova’s Supreme Court on June 25th, “deprives the people of Chișinău of their democratically-elected mayor, Mr. Andrei Năstase(…)”. Moreover, it was not requested by any of the participants in the election.

“This decision undermines the trust of the Moldovan people in the state institutions. It is to be noted that none of the participants of the electoral process asked for the annulation of the elections.”

The European officials reminded that the independence of the justice system is one of the conditions of the current EU-Moldova Association Agreement:

An independent judiciary, free from any political pressure, ruling in a transparent manner, as well as credible, inclusive and transparent elections at all levels are pillars of any democracy. Respect for democratic values and the rule of law are also at the heart of the European Union’s relations with the Republic of Moldova, as our Association Agreement testifies.
The European Union expects the Moldovan authorities to guarantee judicial independence in line with its international commitments as one of the key principles of the rule of law, a crucial element of democracy, and a long-standing expectation of the Moldovan citizens.
In the end, Hahn and Mogherini are asking the Moldovan authorities to take “appropriate measures” to ensure the election results are respected.
(…)we expect the Moldovan authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure that the results of the Chisinau mayoral elections, as recognised also by national and international observers and reflecting the will of the voters, are respected.
In this regard, the message might be addressed to the judicial authorities, quite possible the Supreme Council of Magistrates, and not to the governing Democratic Party, who is thought to be controlling the judicial system in Moldova.

On June 25th, Moldova’s Supreme Court of Justice rejected the complaint of Chișinău mayor-elect Andrei Năstase and upheld the decision to invalidate the results of June 3 mayoral elections.
The initial invalidation decision was a claim that 3 Facebook live videos posted by Năstase on election day and calling people to vote allegedly influenced the results. The court decided to annul the results based on a complaint filed by the Socialists’ Party, but later even Năstase’s former opponent Ion Ceban declared he wanted the court “just to notice some violations”, not to completely cancel the election results.
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