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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.

PC: Rise Moldova

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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A group of Democratic Party deputies demanded temporary suspension of President Igor Dodon

President Igor Dodon is on the brink of his fourth temporary suspension after he repeatedly refused to appoint two candidates as ministers.

Today, a group of deputies of the Democratic Party submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court, requesting “a statement of the circumstances justifying the interim president of the Republic of Moldova in order to overcome the constitutional blockade generated by the deliberate refusal to fulfill the constitutional obligation of the appointment of some members of the Government.”

Reminder: Although Prime Minister Pavel Filip declared he will insist on the two candidatures, Igor Dodon refuses to sign the decrees for the appointment of the new ministers proposed by PDM. Dodon said that Silvia Radu, proposed for the position of Minister of Health, would not be a specialist in the given field, and Nicolae Ciubuc, who was promoted to the Minister of Agriculture, would have problems of integrity.

Silvia Radu, proposed as Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection

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Dodon refuses to appoint the two ministers. PM Filip will ask the CCM to suspend the president

The political spectacle continues. President Igor Dodon sent a letter to Prime Minister Pavel Philip informing him that he did not accept to nominate the two candidates for the positions of Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection (Silvia Radu), as well as agriculture and food industry (Nicolae Ciubuc), proposed by the Democratic Party.

“I think everyone has to deal with what they’re better at. One needs to understand the difference between paracetamol and aspirin,” the head of state said.

Moreover, Igor Dodon believes that this is done in order to launch these candidates in the election campaign later on.

In reply, Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that President Igor Dodon’s refusal to accept the two proposed ministers is a new violation of the Constitution.

“We will address the Constitutional Court to call for a solution to this institutional blockage that the head of state is trying to provoke,” the prime minister declared.

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James Pettit: The process of European integration is slowing down

Compared to the year 2016, Moldova’s European integration process has recently slowed down. The statement belongs to the US Ambassador to Chisinau, James Pettit. During a show at TVR Moldova television, the diplomat mentioned that a cause of the slowdown may be the fact that the Republic of Moldova is on the verge of parliamentary elections, IPN reports.

The ambassador considers that the biggest challenge in terms of European integration of the Republic of Moldova is corruption, which exists in all areas. At the same time, the diplomat claims that there are several areas that are not working well, including the legal sector that has not made much progress in recent years. As a national tragedy, the ambassador called the migration of the population of the Republic of Moldova.

The Ambassador said that the US is providing training through its programs for judges, lawyers, and civil servants.

“From time to time we have experts in the US or in Europe who can train these officials,” declared Pettit.

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