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President Dodon complains to Constitutional Court about “anti-propaganda” law

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4 January 2018- President Igor Dodon informed about his complaint to Moldova’s Constitutional Court about the so-called “anti-propaganda” law violating several human rights.

Dodon believes the law banning foreign propaganda TV/Radio shows violates the democratic principles and more directly such fundamental right as “freedom of expression, freedom of the press, right to opinion etc.”. The President thinks the law creates censorship, contrary to the Constitution and “unacceptable in a state with rule of law”.

In addition, Dodon sent a letter to the Parliament speaker explaining why he does not want to promulgate the given law.

Meanwhile, the Democrat MP Sergiu Sîrbu submitted a complaint to the Constitutional Court about Dodon’s unwillingness to promulgate the law on the “foreign propaganda”. Sîrbu asks the High Court to temporarily strip the President of his power to “institutionally” block the respective law. A decision will be made by the Court on 5 January.

For Dodon, this would mean a third temporary suspension from his Presidency seat because of his repeated veto on proposals of the Government, as it was in the recent case of the seven ministers, or those of the Parliament, as it can be in the case of the “anti-propaganda law”.

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.

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

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Igor Dodon confirms Turkey will renovate Moldova’s Presidency building

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4 January 2018- The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, had a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador, H.E. Hulusi Kiliç, to discuss the current state of bilateral relations.

According to Dodon’s Facebook post on the meeting, Ambassador Kiliç confirmed that the public listing for selecting a company for renovating the Presidency building was successfully held. Dodon confirmed that he agreed with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that Moldova’s Presidency building would be renovated with the support of Turkey, and that the works would start in the second part of January:

“The building is supposed to be opened during the official visit of President Erdoğan at Chișinău, which will be made upon my invitation and which is scheduled for May of this year”, says Dodon, adding that Turkey contributes to tens of social projects in Gagauzia.

The Presidency building, situated on 154 Ștefan Cel Mare și Sfânt Boulevard in Chișinău, was devastated as a result of the anti-communist protests on 7 April 2009. Dodon was the Minister of Economy in the Communists’ Party Government.

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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.

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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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