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President Dodon revokes Moldovan citizenship of Romania ex-President Traian Băsescu

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On January 3rd, Moldova’s President, Igor Dodon, revoked by decree the Moldovan citizenship of the former Romania President, Traian Băsescu.

Dodon based his decision on the 88th article of the Moldovan Constitution, which stipulates that the President of Moldova has the competence to decide “issues of citizenship”.

Previously, Dodon declared that he would revoke Băsescu’s Moldovan citizenship, because the decree of ex-President Nicolae Timofti to offer the citizenship for his merits would be illegal and would not be approved by several institutions.

Former Romania President, Traian Băsescu, got his Moldovan citizenship in November 2016 and even managed for Dodon’s counter-candidate, Maia Sandu, in the Presidential elections.

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

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ZdG: The first Minister who submitted the 2017 wealth declaration, with a legacy of 38,000 euros and a 44,000-euro car

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Finance Minister Octavian Armaşu is the first member of the Government to complete and publish the declaration of wealth and personal interests for 2017. The previous year was a good one for the Armaşu family, which had revenues of 1 155 718 lei, 84 736 euros and $327, writes Ziarul de Gardă.

At the same time, on the bank accounts, at the time of filing the declaration, the family had 766 292 lei, 109 470 euros and 33 446 dollars. Octavian Armasu also declares a legacy of 38,000 euros from Pavel Armasu, who is most likely his father.

In 2017, the minister bought a new Volvo XC60 with 44,727 euros, manufactured in the same year.

According to the cited source, Octavian Armaşu was paid to the minister with 158 734 lei, ie about 13 200 lei. His wife, Elena Armaşu, who is a Moldovan representative of pharmaceutical company “Bayer” SRL, declares a salary that is four times higher, 785,459 lei.

Armaşu family indicates in the act of wealth two apartments, two villas and two garages, properties that he declared the previous year.

The Minister holds shares in Franzeluta SA, BC Victoriabank SA, Banca de Economii SA and Agro-SZM SRL.

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Moldova Electoral Commission rejects civic initiative for referendum on abolishing new electoral system

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Map of the electoral districts for the 2018 Parliamentary elections, Source: Radio Free Europe based on data of the Moldovan Government

12 January 2018- The Central Electoral Commission of Moldova rejected the initiative for starting a legislative national referendum on abolishing the recently adopted mixed electoral system.

The Commission reportedly found violations of the electoral code in the erroneous registration of participants in the constituent meeting of the initiative group, non-uniformities at the vote counting and decision adoption, choosing an inexact number of members of the initiative group, as well as the change of the electoral law in question. The electoral body claims that the initiative group did not propose new regulations of the elections, thus eliminating the legislation on the Parliamentary elections.

One of the leaders of the initiative group, Ștefan Gligor, thinks that the decision of the Commission is a politically motivated one.

On 21 November 2017, several representatives of different non-governmental organizations announced an initiative of collecting signatures for a referendum on abolishing the controversial mixed electoral system in Moldova. The NGOs expected to collect at least 200 thousand signatures to start the legislative referendum.

The initiators of the referendum think that the Democratic Party changed the electoral system because it understood it would not enter the next Parliament with a 4% public support. According to them, the whole Parliament that adopted the so-called Law nr.154 on the mixed electoral system can be considered illegitimate because about a quarter of the deputies changed their caucuses in the meantime.

According to the new electoral system, 51 MPs would be elected from electoral districts and 50 from party lists. The current edition of the electoral law also stipulates that the electoral districts would be formed by a special Government commission, composed of civil society and political parties’ representatives, as well as representatives of ethnic minorities and expert bodies. The shape of the electoral districts would be published one year before the elections. Voters from Transnistria and from abroad would be represented on the geographical basis, besides their electoral “weight”. 7 electoral debates have been organized to debate the draft on the mixed electoral system, but a large part of the civil society and all opposition parties refused to participate and had little involvement stating that the new system does not address the real problems of the electoral process. The Venice Commission strongly advised the Moldovan authorities not to implement the mixed electoral system at the current moment.

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6 Moldovan Socialist MPs lied about withdrawing their Romanian citizenship

Unimedia found out that the six Moldovan Socialist MPs who promised to give up on their Romanian citizenship did not submit any request of withdrawal to the Romanian authorities. “Following your request, registered with the NCA, regarding the submission of the Romanian citizenship waiver files by Alla Dolin, Corneliu Furculita, Adrian Lebedischi, Ghenadi Mitriuc, Radu Mudreac and Anatolie Labunet as a result of the check in the ANC records, it was found that the aforementioned do not appear with such requests “, says ANC, an institution of the Ministry of Justice of Romania.

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During and after the parliamentary elections in November 2014, the leader of the Party of Socialists, Igor Dodon, the current head of the state, declared on several occasions that the socialist deputies holding the citizenship of Romania will give up on it.

The six Socialist MPs continue to enjoy the benefits of an European citizenship, despite their anti-European position. The respective MPs are Alla Dolin, Corneliu Furculita, Anatolie Labunet, Radu Mudreac, Ghenadi Mitriuc and Adrian Lebedinschi.

On December 1, Socialist Radu Mudreac refused to say why he applied for Romanian citizenship.

“I told you I won’t comment on the messages in Romanian language, I’m a Moldovan. I have applied for it for the same reason my colleagues did- a personal one.”

Source: Unimedia.md

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