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Amnesty International Moldova warns about the increased risk of the electoral law violation

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Amnesty International Moldova (AIM) is worried about the increased risk of violation of the electoral legislation and international conventions by the Moldovan state authorities, political parties and their supporters, in the context of the future parliamentary elections on February 24th, 2019.

According to a message from AIM, several electoral contestants reported the police inactivity in the cases of harassment and aggression by alleged supporters of their political opponents, while campaigning during the official electoral period that started on January 25th.

“We call on the competent bodies to urgently investigate these allegations and, if they are correct, to hold the accused persons accountable. We also call on the authorities to ensure a favourable climate to democratic and transparent elections, by respecting the right of every citizen to elect and be elected, “the organization’s message says.

The AIM statement followed after several incidents that happened recently. On Saturday, January 26th, Valeriu Munteanu, the ACUM Bloc’s candidate in one of the constituencies, came to Orhei to launch his election campaign. He was hooted by the supporters of the Șor Party. After the incident, Munteanu and other members of the ACUM Bloc have filed a complaint at the police office, “for the destroyed mobile phones and broken clothes,” said Munteanu. He also mentioned that the police impassively assisted at the intimidation attempts and did not intervene even when the citizens from Orhei were aggressed.

Photo source: Facebook| Valeriu Munteanu

On the same day, Ion Ceban, the member of the Party of Socialists from Republic of Moldova, announced that a coach, used for filming a party-political broadcast, was burned in Ceadir Lunga. The incident happened at night, at a bus station. The Socialist thinks that this incident “shows how the electoral campaign will take place.”

Dinu Plângău, the ACUM Bloc’s candidate  in the Edineț constituency, claimed that he was attacked by three unknown persons in front of the police office. “It is unbelievable that a candidate running for deputy in the Parliament is struck on the police office stairs, without the police intervention. I shot with my phone camera the incident, but the recording was damaged by one of the aggressors. At the same time, I am mentioning that the police office has surveillance cameras and I hope that the recordings will not disappear today,” Plângău declared in a Facebook post. He qualified the aggression as a way of hindering his political activity and forcing through physical threats and aggression to withdraw his candidacy from elections.

The Electoral Code stipulates that “the electoral contestants may hold meetings with voters. The local authorities are obliged to ensure the possibility of holding such meetings on equal terms, securely and without pressure.”

We remind that on February 24, parliamentary elections will take place in the Republic of Moldova, during which the new deputies in the Parliament will be elected. Unlike previous parliamentary elections, they will be based on the mixed electoral system with a national constituency and 51 uninominal constituencies. In the uninominal constituencies, 51 deputies will be elected based on the majority vote. The voters will receive two ballots: one with the list of candidates running for the deputy seat in the uninominal constituency, and the second – the list of the political parties that run for the national constituency. Citizens of the Republic of Moldova will have to choose one candidate from each ballot.

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This is Igor Dodon’s reply after Constitutional Court’s decision that the president can not submit a candidate for the post of PM

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President Igor Dodon believes that the election of the Parliament leadership is the only way to overcome the political crisis in the country.

The statement was made for the Russian news agency TASS after the Constitutional Court’s decision that the President of the Republic of Moldova can not submit a candidate to the post of PM in the absence of Parliament’s governing bodies.

“I have mentioned that if until mid-June the governing bodies of the legislature will not be established, I will have to sign the decree of dissolving the Parliament and appointing the date of organizing early parliamentary elections,” warns President Dodon on his Facebook page.

The president stressed that this scenario “is not good” for Moldova, given the risks of stopping investment projects in infrastructure, the emergence of risks in the budgetary system, postponing the creation of the Government and conducting local elections.

We recall that according to the decision of the CC, the impossibility of meeting the Parliament because of the lack of the organ convening it implies the impossibility of the President of the Republic of Moldova to appoint a candidate for the post of PM.

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Moldova will receive a $70,000,000 loan from the World Bank

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The aim of the money is to increase electricity distribution capacity. According to a communiqué to the international institution mentioned above, the decision to grant the loan was approved yesterday by the World Bank Board of Directors.

A new high-voltage 400 kV line will be built from the WB money between Vulcanesti, in the south of Moldova and Chisinau. Also, the modernization and extension of substations in Chisinau and Vulcanesti are envisaged, as well as strengthening the energy transmission and metering system.

“The project will strengthen the capacity and reliability of local energy distribution in Moldova and will support the future interconnection of Moldova’s electricity system to the European electricity grid through Romania. This will be vital for the diversification of Moldova’s electricity supply, which will allow electricity to be supplied at competitive and transparent prices,” says the communiqué.

Over the last 27 years, the World Bank has granted the Republic of Moldova loans totaling over $1,000,000,000 for about 60 projects.

Currently, the World Bank portfolio includes ten active projects with a total commitment of $391.300,000. The areas of support include regulatory reform and business development, education, eGovernment, healthcare, agriculture, local roads, the environment, and others.

The commitment portfolio of the International Financial Corporation in Moldova includes five projects amounting to $17,000,000 (69% loans and 31% equity). The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency provided $95,000,000. Both institutions are members of the World Bank Group.

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This is how Prime Minister Filip helped the Ribnita Metallurgical Plant escape Ukraine’s sanctions // RISE Moldova

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Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip helped one of the budget-forming enterprises of self-proclaimed Transnistria, MMZ (Ribnita Metallurgical Plant), to come out from under the sanctions of Ukraine.

A copy of the letter came to the disposal of the editorial offices of RISE Moldova and the Radio Svoboda, in which the head of the Moldovan government demanded from the Ukrainian leadership not only the lifting of the embargo but also the termination of the investigation regarding the plant.

Even during the duration of the sanctions, Ukrainian exporters of scrap, with the help of Chisinau intermediaries, managed to bypass the embargo on supplies for MMZ for about a year. Read more on the case here.

Photo: Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reached mutual compromise // Photo: press service of the President of Ukraine

Moldova, PM Filip requested the reduction, twice, of export taxes applied to this undertaking, arguing that they would be an administrative barrier.

In addition, he requested the cessation of the anti-dumping investigation against the plant as unfounded and the suspension of the individual licensing regime until the final court decision.

Just 10 days after PM Filip’s letter was sent, the Kiev authorities excluded the Metallurgical Plant from the list of entities subject to sanctions.

Instead, they included a company in Chisinau (Novastal Prim SRL) on the list, which has last year interfered with the import of scrap metal from Ukraine to the Metallurgical Plant, thereby circumventing the sanction regime imposed by Kiev.

Asked if he had signed such a letter, Pavel Filip ran away from the press.

“We’ll talk some other time,” he said briefly.

The Scheme with the Ribnita Metallurgical Plant (MMZ) and Pavel Filip’s blending in with its sanctions shows how well the international oligarchic regional (Gusan-Poroshenko-Plahotniuc) operates across national borders.

Let’s sum it all up:

The case with the MMZ is similar to other past practices of schemes such as controlling Transnistrian electricity exports to Moldova (and dividing the profits between the three oligarchs).

In 2018, Poroshenko puts MMZ under sanctions, clearly only four years away from Euromaidan and a few years of war in eastern Ukraine. His Moldovan partner, oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, creates a local tick (Novastal Prim SRL) that “legally” takes over the Ukrainian waste metal streams to Transnistria and through which the three oligarchs share the profit.

In the coming March 2019, Poroshenko realizes he could lose the elections and bring the business back to the legal field, which means that he would have to exclude Novastal Prim SRL from the scheme.

Poroshenko has, in fact, come out clean. He was self-indicted by the Moldovan Prime Minister, the one making the request.

President of Ukraine and Prime Minister of Moldova at the opening of a joint checkpoint at the Transnistrian segment of the Moldovan-Ukrainian border // Photo: Press Service of the Government of Moldova

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