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Moldova Parliament adopts law banning foreign propaganda TV shows, Dodon threatens to block it

On December 7th, the Parliament of Moldova approved in the final lecture the draft law on modifying the Audiovisual Code and adding provisions to secure the informational space. The changes were approved with the vote of 61 deputies, with the absence of the Communists’ Party MPs.

The adopted law provides the permission for TV and radio broadcasting of informative, analytical, military and political content that is produced in the countries that ratified the European Convention on Transborder Television, EU member states, US and Canada. The law also stipulates sanctions for broadcasters that violate the law: from fines to canceling broadcasting licenses in less than 30 days by a court.

Most probably, the law is directed against the Russian propaganda TV shows that are rebroadcasted in Moldova through the local franchises.

The Socialist MPs criticized the law as “anti-Constitutional”. The Liberals previously declared that the proposed measures to counteract the Russian propaganda are not sufficient and efficient.

The strongest opponent of the “anti-propaganda law”, President Igor Dodon declared on Facebook that the law not only contradicts the European norms on freedom of speech and expressionthe constitutional right of citizens to access to information but also the incapacity of the government and the Parliamentary majority. Dodon says that he would not promulgate the law under any circumstances.

What is worth noting is that the Democrat oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc owns the most-watched TV channel Prime TV, who rebroadcasts Russian “Pervyi Kanal”, probably the most popular piece of Kremlin’s propaganda machine. Some say that the “anti-propaganda” law might not hit Prime TV so hard because the rebroadcasting contract expires in the second half of 2017.

On the other hand, NTV Moldova, belonging to a Socialist MP and known for best coverage of Dodon, partially rebroadcasts NTV from Russia.

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The Constitutional Court has decided: Igor Dodon will be suspended from office

Today, the Constitutional Court (CC) of the Republic of Moldova approved the complaint filed by deputies, after Igor Dodon repeatedly refused to appoint two ministers proposed by Vladimir Plahotniuc on September 18th.

According to the president of the CC, Mihai Poalelungi, the circumstance justifying the interim presidential function was ascertained, and the President of the Parliament or the prime minister would issue the decrees for the appointment of the two ministers.

So far, Igor Dodon has been suspended three times because he has repeatedly refused to sign decrees to appoint several ministers proposed by the Democratic Party.

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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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