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President Dodon appoints defense adviser Artur Gumeniuc, approves Economic Council

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On March 3rd, the President Igor Dodon appointed Artur Gumeniuc to the position of Presidential adviser for defense and national security and Secretary of the Supreme Security Council of Moldova.

During the rule of the Communist party between 2001 and 2009, Gumeniuc was the head of Security and Intelligence Service of Moldova, but also member of Service’s College.

According to President Dodon, the tasks of the Council should be the examination of the banking frauds and recovery of the stolen funds, the risks related to the extension of Novodnestrovsk hydro power plant on the security of Moldova, the illegal sale of weapons by ex-Minister Anatol Șalaru and others.

On the same day, Dodon approved the list of participants in his Economic Council, fulfilled by his economic and agricultural advisers and a series of representatives of the business sphere, experts and even the former Governor of Moldova’s National Bank, Leonid Talmaci.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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Supporters of Moldova-Romania Union begin Centenary Year with display of 100m flag over Prut

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31 December 2017- A 100 meters long tricolor linked the two banks of Prut river, marking the beginning of the Centenary Year of the Great Union of Romania in 1918.

The celebration, attended by several hundreds of people, was organized by the “Alliance for the Centenary” that reunites over 130 civic organizations that support the Union of Moldova and Romania, but also the Fălciu village administration. The flag was suspended next to the rarely-used railway bridge that connects Făcliu from Romania and Cantemir from Moldova, reports News.ro.

Source: news.ro

Source: news.ro

2018 will be marked by the 100 anniversary of the Great Union of Romania. Following the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires in 1917 and 1918, the Romanian historical provinces of Basarabia (territory between Prut and Nistru rivers), Bucovina and Transilvania united with the Kingdom of Romania.

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A referendum will be held in Bălți, regarding the dismissal of Mayor Renato Usatîi

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3 January 2018- Bălți municipal councilors voted to initiate the local referendum on the dismissal of Mayor Renato Usatîi, who is currently in the Russian Federation and is subject to an international warrant. The decision was taken by 27 municipal councilors from Bălți. The date of the referendum is to be determined by the CEC.

In order for the plebiscite to be valid, it is necessary for Usatii’s revocation to be voted by at least as many people as the amount that voted for him, plus one vote. Renato Usatii was elected from the first round by 72% of the voters.

Mayor of Balti is not in Moldova for more than a year, and meetings of the City Hall officials are often conducted with Usatîi’s presence via Skype.

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President Igor Dodon suspended by Constitutional Court for refusing approval of seven ministers

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2 January 2018- The Constitutional Court of Moldova suspended President Igor Dodon and instituted the interim Presidency for appointing the rejected 7 new ministers. The decision follows a complaint of a group of MPs.

According to the High Court, the decision to suspend Dodon is caused by his deliberate refusal to execute his constitutional obligations, such as appointing ministers upon the request of the Prime-Minister. In addition, the Court allowed the Parliament speaker or the Prime-Minister to sign the decrees on appointing the 7 new Ministers proposed by the Democrats, including one Deputy Prime-Minister for European Integration.

As a response, Dodon called the decision of the Court “shameful” and the Court itself “a hostage of its own uninspired decisions”. The suspended President accuses the judges to “play the game as the Democrat government dictates them”. In addition, he claims the legal procedures were seriously violated because the Court was complained to by a group of deputies, and not by the Government or the Parliament as a whole:

“These ministers enter the Government through the backdoor lacking the needed legitimacy and credibility”, says Dodon in a Facebook statement.

According to the Moldovan Constitution, a President can reject a law or a decree from the Government only once with a motivation.

In October 2017, the Court ruled that Dodon could not exercise his rights after vetoing the appointing of the Defense Minister Eugen Sturza. Thus, the Parliament speaker Andrian Candu, as an interim President for some hours, could appoint Sturza.

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