Connect with us

Politics

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.

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

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Justice

Supreme Court of Justice rejects appeal of Moldova ex-PM Vlad Filat, 9 years sentence stays valid

On 12 December, the Supreme Court of Justice of Moldova rejected as inadmissible the appeal of the former Prime-Minister Vlad Filat.

The Court motivated that the appeals of cancellation regarding Filat’s case are “clearly unfounded”.

According to Ziarul de Gardă, the decision means that Filat used all the national appeal tools and that he can apply for appeal only at the European Court for Human Rights (ECtHR). Igor Popa, the lawyer of the former Liberal-Democrat, previously declared that the European Court is the last hope for “justice”.

Former Liberal-Democrat Prime-Minister, Vlad Filat, was arrested on October 15th, 2015 for allegations of passive corruption and traffic influence towards the then businessman and now mayor of Orhei, Ilan Shor. On June 27th, 2016, he was condemned to nine years of closed imprisonment by the Court Buiucani of Chişinău, a decision reinforced by the Appeal Court of Chişinău on November 11th, 2016. Moldova’s Supreme Court rejected Filat’s lawyers’ requests to reexamine the case.

Continue Reading

Politics

Poll ordered by Democratic Party: Socialists-24,7%, PAS-16,3%, PDM-12,4%, PDA-5%

IMAS published the results of a poll on the political preferences of Moldovans at the request of the Democratic Party of Moldova.

The poll shows that the rating for the government party Democratic Party increased- to 12,4%. Nevertheless, the Socialists’ Party would lead with 24,7% of votes in the Parliamentary elections, Action and Solidarity Party- 16,3%. Close to the 5% threshold are Platform “Dignity and Truth” rated at 6,4% and the Communists’ Party with 5%. 9,4% of respondents declared they wouldn’t vote, while 14,1% didn’t know how to answer.

Source: IMAS Moldova

In a case of a referendum, 60% of Moldovans would vote for Moldova join the European Union. 44% would vote for the Eurasian Economic Union, 32% for union with Romania and only 21% for joining NATO. Between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, 56% of  Moldovans prefer the EU.

36% rated the activity of President Igor Dodon with grades from 7 to 10, 33% did so for PAS leader Maia Sandu and PM Pavel Filip, 31% for suspended Chișinău mayor Dorin Chirtoacă.

46% of people have little confidence in the Government led by Pavel Filip, 29% have none or very little confidence, while 19% believe in Filip’s cabinet.

According to the poll, 45% of Moldovans have a bad opinion about the initiative of some NGOs and several parties to start a referendum on switching the electoral system back to a proportional one. 38% have a good opinion about the latter. On the other hand, 63% think to spend the money on this referendum would not be justified.

The poll was conducted during November 27-December 7 with 1101 respondents, with an error rate of 3%.

Continue Reading

Politics

Prime Minister Pavel Filip had a meeting with Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko

The current state of Moldovan-Belarusian relations and the possibilities for starting new partnerships in areas of mutual interest were discussed today in Minsk during the meeting of Prime Minister Pavel Filip with the President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko.

The joint assembly of tractors and trolleybuses has been highlighted among the areas where there is effective and mutually beneficial cooperation. In the future, buses and trolleybuses will be assembled in Chisinau.

At the same time, officials have shown interest in joint investment projects in the wine, agro-industrial, zootechnical and pharmaceutical sectors. Moldova wants to take over the Belarusian experience in developing livestock complexes, and Belarus is interested in creating a joint venture for bottling Moldovan wine and cognac.

At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Pavel Filip invited President Alexander Lukashenko to visit Moldova.

Continue Reading

Latest News

Justice6 hours ago

Supreme Court of Justice rejects appeal of Moldova ex-PM Vlad Filat, 9 years sentence stays valid

On 12 December, the Supreme Court of Justice of Moldova rejected as inadmissible the appeal of the former Prime-Minister Vlad...

Politics7 hours ago

Poll ordered by Democratic Party: Socialists-24,7%, PAS-16,3%, PDM-12,4%, PDA-5%

IMAS published the results of a poll on the political preferences of Moldovans at the request of the Democratic Party...

Politics9 hours ago

Prime Minister Pavel Filip had a meeting with Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko

The current state of Moldovan-Belarusian relations and the possibilities for starting new partnerships in areas of mutual interest were discussed...

Politics23 hours ago

Moldova Constitutional Court greenlights introducing “European integration” as strategic objective in the Constitution

On December 11th, the Constitutional Court of Moldova greenlighted the draft law on modifying the Constitution, introducing the orientation towards...

Politics4 days ago

NATO Liaison Office inaugurated in Moldova

On 8 December, the new NATO Liaison Office in Moldova was inaugurated with the presence of the NATO Deputy Secretary-General...

Politics5 days ago

Moldova Parliament adopts law banning foreign propaganda TV shows, Dodon threatens to block it

On December 7th, the Parliament of Moldova approved in the final lecture the draft law on modifying the Audiovisual Code...

Politics1 week ago

Action and Solidarity Party and Platform “Dignity and Truth” become members of European People’s Party

On December 5th, Moldova’s Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) led by Maia Sandu together with the Platform “Dignity and Truth”...

Advertisement

Opinions

Trending