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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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MP leaves Democratic Party, Moldova Parliament for “New Gagauzia” group

27 April 2018- The Member of the Moldovan Parliament, Nikolay Dudoglo, announced about his withdrawal from the Democratic Party (PDM) and the withdrawal of his MP mandate.

Dudoglo was reportedly asked by the Democratic leadership to choose between his membership in the party and his participation in a new regional political movement “Eni Gagauzia” (New Gagauzia). In a press release of the organization, the Gagauz MP and former Comrat mayor stated that he chose to lead New Gagauzia because “it is time to make Gagauzia a strong region”.

Dudoglo confessed that despite having a fruitful work with PDM members, he abstained from voting for projects that did not coincide with his vision on Gagauzia. His recent activity within New Gagauzia posed a problem for the Democrats:

“The leadership of PDM believes that some of my actions, that I undertook from Gagauzia’s perspective, violate the principles of the party and the European vector of the development of the State”, said the MP.

Dudoglo underlined that he would remain politically active as a “leader” of his people:

“I stay with the conviction that we need to act the way our people want. I am sure that I can fulfill serious tasks, which are put before us by life, being an independent leader of my people (literal meaning nation–“, concluded Dudoglo, expressing his hope for understanding and support.

New Gagauzia reportedly joined the Democratic Party of Moldova in 2012.

Gagauzia was established in 1994 as an autonomy for around 150 000 Gagauz (Turkish origin) people in the south of the Republic of Moldova. Gagauzia’s leadership is composed of the directly elected bashkan, now Irina Vlah, and the People’s Assembly.

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Silvia Radu resigns from position of Chișinău interim mayor to participate in elections

25 April 2018- Silvia Radu announced that she would resign from the position of interim mayor of Chișinău. The decision was made after she was registered as an independent candidate in the mayoral elections from May 20th.

“I am leaving the leadership of the City Council to win the elections. I want the changes in this city to go on, to have a European city. I wish that all projects initiated by me continued. They are projects that the city needs”said Radu, mentioning that she would finance her campaign from her family’s money.

The responsibilities of interim mayor would thus go to the vice-mayor, Ruslan Codreanu.

So far, 12 candidates registered for the mayoral race in Chișinău. The elections were announced early because of the resignation of Dorin Chirtoacă, investigated in a corruption case.

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Ukraine-Moldova joint border control agreement promulgated by Poroshenko, new transport agreement is signed

12 April 2018- The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, promulgated the law on the Agreement on the joint border control in the joint checkpoints of the Moldo-Ukrainian frontier. The promulgation was made in the presence of the Moldovan Prime-Minister Pavel Filip.

The Agreement was previously ratified by the Ukrainian Rada on 1 March 2018, while the first joint control began at the Cuciurgan-Pervomaisk checkpoint, within the Transnistrian segment of the frontier.

According to an official press-release, Filip and Poroshenko set as priorities for the following period the opening of the bridge between Unguri and Boronița, and the activation of the process of demarcation of the Moldo-Ukrainian border.

According to Kyiv Post, the Moldovan PM and the Ukrainian President talked about the negotiation process on the signing of an intergovernmental agreement on the functioning of the Dniester integrated hydroelectric complex, but also about the Transnistrian settlement and the Moldovan help to Ukrainian children from Donbas.

On the same day, PM Filip assisted with his Ukrainian homolog, Volodymyr Groysman, at the ceremony of the signing of the protocol on modifying the Agreement between Moldova and Ukraine on the international automobile communications. The move aimed at liberalizing the international goods and passengers transportation between the countries comes at a time of increased trade links (reported 13% increase in 2017). Thus, the automobiles traveling between Moldova and Ukraine (complying with EURO 3 standards) will be not required international authorizations.

The Protocol decision on a 1993 Agreement aims at liberalizing the air transport system by developing the air links, facilitating the activity of airlines, creating conditions for companies that will work between the two countries, writes

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