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President Igor Dodon dismisses Defense Minister Anatol Șalaru

On December 27th, the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, signed the decree on the dismissal of the Defense Minister Anatol Șalaru. Previously, the decree was declined by acting President Nicolae Timofti.

Dodon motivated the dismissal with the fact that Șalaru “flirted” with NATO, even if Moldova is a neutral state, he favored and helped to bring the American military vehicles in the center of Chișinău, pledged for the Union of Moldova with Romania, and replaced several security and army professionals with Liberal Party proxies. Moreover, Șalaru would be accused for affecting the budget of the Defense Ministry by dubious transactions with munitions and goods.

Dodon thanked the Liberal leader Mihai Ghimpu for the request to dismiss Șalaru and suggested to send more requests like this one for other Liberal Ministers.

In his turn, Defense Minister Șalaru declared he would leave the position with the belief that he was not dismissed for violations or lack of actions, but because he would have asked the replacement of the Liberal Party president. Șalaru mentions that the Liberal Party would transform into a “bolshevik-type” party and that the Moldovan political arena has a new political couple: Mihai Ghimpu- Igor Dodon (both on opposite declarative extremes in terms of identity issues).

“The Republic of Moldova needs a moral revolution, a revolution of common sense. The fight continues!”, concluded Șalaru in his Facebook post.

Environment Minister and Liberal Party member, Valeriu Munteanu, stated that Șalaru’s dismissal has nothing to do with the relation Ghimpu-Șalaru, but rather Șalaru-Liberal Party. Moreover, Munteanu stressed that no relation with President Dodon is established, since the Liberal Party “will be in permanent identity opposition towards the biggest anti-Romanian President the Republic of Moldova ever had”.

Even Russia Deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, came with a reaction on Șalaru’s dismissal:
“The Defense Ministry gets cleaned from Romanian hygienist”, wrote Rogozin, referring to the previous education of the Defense Minister.

On December 17th, Anatol Șalaru resigned from his position of Vice-President of the Liberal Party of Moldova, asking the Liberal leader Mihai Ghimpu to do the same. Șalaru has been subject of attacks from the behalf of the Liberal leader Ghimpu, who accused him of derailing from party’s line during the Presidential elections by supporting Maia Sandu.
Later, Ghimpu asked Șalaru’s dismissal as Defense Minister of Moldova.

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IRI Survey: 46% of Moldovans would vote for joining the European Union, 36%- Eurasian Union

16 July 2018- The International Republican Institute published a new poll on the social-political opinions of Moldovan people.

The poll reflects increased interest of Moldovans in participating in the next parliamentary elections:

The Moldovans seem to be driven by dissatisfaction with the pace of change:

Here are few of the data of the poll we thought are interesting:

PDF version of the poll:

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MAE: Romania attaches great importance to Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine’s political association with EU

Romania attaches great importance to speeding up the economic integration and political association of the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine with the European Union, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) quotes Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu as saying at an EU meeting on Monday.

Melescanu attended a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels that discussed the Eastern Partnership, and Libya.

“With regard to the Eastern Partnership, the foreign ministers reviewed the latest developments in meeting the 20 concrete results to be achieved by 2020 as set by the European summit of November 24, 2017. Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu reiterated Romania’s support for the consolidation of the Eastern partnership and the EU’s relationship with all the six partner states – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – in order to implement the reforms and policies of the Agenda 2020 to the direct benefit of the citizens. He underlined the major importance attached by Romania to the further development of additional co-operation ways with the three countries that have concluded association agreements with the EU (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine) in order to speed up the political association and economic integration of these countries with the European Union, aiming to ensure stability, security and prosperity in the region. He highlighted the priority that will be given to this file under the Romanian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2019,” according to MAE.

The meeting offered the ministers the opportunity to address the latest domestic developments in Libya, focusing on political and security levels, as well as migration issues.

Melescanu reiterated Romania’s position on the EU’s efforts to support the UN plan of action to identify an inclusive political solution, sustainable stabilisation and internal security in Libya.

According to MAE, a working lunch allowed for an exchange of views on regional developments in the Korean Peninsula and highlighted the EU’s readiness to support the diplomatic process aimed at denuclearising the peninsula and inter-Korean reconciliation. Melescanu underscored the importance of maintaining a constant commitment of all the players involved in the region to achieve concrete and sustainable results with full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

On the side-lines if the of the FAC meeting, Melescanu had a meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security Federica Mogherini, informing about Romania’s interest in adequately marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership under the Romanian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2019. At the same time, Melescanu highlighted the importance of the support of EU institutions and of the personal involvement of the European official in ensuring that this is a success story.

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Poll: PSRM- 49%, PPDA – 15%, PDM – 13% and PAS – 11%

Should parliamentary elections be held next Sunday, four parties would pass over the threshold into the legislature. They are PSRM, PPDA, PAS and PDM. This comes out of the latest poll by the Sociologists and Demographers Association from Moldova.

Almost 50% of the respondents with clear voting intentions would cast their ballots for the Socialists Party (49.7%). The number of the Socialists’ voters has slightly dropped, compared to the results of a similar research presented in April (50.5%).

PPDA would come second and would collect 15.9% of the votes of the interviewed. In April, the rating of Andrei Năstase’s party was 8.9%.

The Democratic Party from Moldova would garner 13.5%, compared to 10.7% in April. The ranking of the parties with chances to get into the Parliament is closed by Maia Sandu’s organization. PAS would get 11.1% of the votes from the decided respondents, as compared to 19.3% in the previous poll.

The poll was carried out from June 26 through July 7 on a sample of 1,195 respondents from 81 Moldovan localities. The error margin is +/-3%.

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