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Moldova Foreign Ministry to suddenly replace ambassadors in Romania, Belgium and Lithuania

Ziarul de Gardă recently reported about the project of Moldova’s Foreign Ministry to replace ambassadors in Romania, Belgium (+Luxembourg and NATO) and Lithuania.

According to ZdG’s source, the agreement requests for the future ambassadors have been sent on 27 October to authorities from Bucharest, Brussels and Vilnius. The replacements would thus happen two years before the mandates of the current ambassadors end.

Ion Stăvilă, MFA’s ambassador for special missions, would be deployed to Romania. Lilian Darii, the foreign vice-minister for the Transnistrian conflict settlement, would represent Moldova in Belgium, Luxembourg and at the NATO. Last, but not least, Sergiu Mihov would replace Valeriu Frija in the seat of Ambassador of Moldova to the Republic of Lithuania.

Moldova’s Ambassador to Belgium, Iurie Reniță, and Moldova’s Ambassador to Romania, Mihai Gribincea. Source: deschide.md

The current ambassadors to Romania and Belgium, Mihai Gribincea, and Iurie Reniță respectively, already confirmed for Deschide.md, although with confusion about the reasons, that they received agreement request from Moldova’s MFA.

Ziarul de Gardă is now expecting an answer from the Moldovan MFA regarding the reasons of the sudden replacements, the reasons the next ambassadors were chosen and if these actions have anything to do with the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

Some suspect that the replacement of the ambassador in Romania is a follow-up of President Dodon’s request to dismiss him because of his comments on the decision to strip Romanian ex-President Traian Băsescu of Moldovan citizenship. Additionally, both Darii and Stăvilă can reinforce Moldova’s positions in the EU, NATO and in Romania in regard to the possible developments in the Transnistrian conflict settlement and the problem of Russian military presence in the region.

In March 2017, Moldova’s Ambassador to Russia, Dumitru Braghiș, was also suddenly replaced by the Socialist MP Andrei Neguța as a result of an apparent deal of sharing ambassadorships between President Dodon and the Democrat Government.

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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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