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Poll: Vlad Plahotniuc- most corrupt politician in Moldova, 49% of Moldovans don’t trust any politician

The Institute for Public Policy of Moldova published the most recent “Barometer of the Public Opinion” (BOP), a socio-political poll conducted together with CBS-AXA.

According to the poll, 32,5% of Moldovans think the Democrat oligarch is the most corrupt politician in Moldova, being followed by Igor Dodon with 4,9% (cover photo). Nevertheless, 43,9% did not know how to respond, while 7% think all politicians are corrupt.

In case of Parliamentary elections, 26% of Moldovans would vote for the Socialists’ Party, 12,3% for the Action and Solidarity Party. The Platform “Dignity and Truth” and the Democratic Party would get 3,4% and 2,8% respectively. 31,3% declared they don’t know what party to vote for, while 14,2% would not vote.

50,5% of Moldovans don’t understand how the uninominal voting system would work for the Parliamentary elections.

36,9% would favor voting for party lists, 19,1% for a uninominal system, while 16% for a mixed system. 28,1% still don’t know how to answer or probably don’t understand the electoral system in Moldova.

47,2% of Moldovans would vote for joining the European Union in a referendum.

Some 42,4% would vote for joining the Eurasian Economic Union in a referendum.

Only 21,8% would vote in favor of Moldova uniting with Romania, and 56,2% would oppose the move.

Rather shockingly: Some 33% of Moldovans would vote for the union with the Russian Federation. Only 40,3% would oppose the move.

62,3% of respondents answered that Moldova should keep its neutrality as the best solution for the state security.

A federalized Moldova rather scares Moldovans: 38,4% would totally oppose a plan of federalization with Gagauzia and Transnistria as equal subjects with the rest of Moldova. 28,2% would support somehow the federalized state.

Moldovans mostly worry about the prices, the future of their children, the poverty, the unemployment, and the corruption.

As solutions to the country’s problems, Moldovans think first of fighting corruption and changing the government.

Sadly or not, 17,5% would leave Moldova forever if they had the occasion, 31,3% of Moldovans would leave for a period, while 48,5% would not leave at all.

TV remains to be the most popular and trustworthy source of information for Moldovans: 45,9% think of it as of a trustworthy source. 23,6% believe in online sources.

77% of Moldovans believe the things are going in a wrong direction in Moldova.

Thankfully, the Moldovans are more optimistic about how things go in the world: 23,2% think the things are going well, in general.

The Church remains to be the most trusted institution in Moldova with a positive score of 70,7%, followed by the City/Local Council with 40,5% and the Army with 38,2% of trust.

The poll was conducted between 18 November and 5 December 2017 and has an error rate of 2,9%.

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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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