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Andrian Candu, ex-President of the Moldovan Parliament, went on a secret visit to Washington

Based on what Plahotniuc had done over the past 10 years of reign over Moldova’s public institutions, his sudden and definite loss of power would mean heavy years in prison. In a country sandwiched between the West and the East, is it that the only way the oligarch could possibly save himself is by addressing the United States?

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The deputy chairman of the Democratic Party, Andrian Candu, went on a secret visit to Washington, writes NewsMaker. The NM reporter tried to call Candu, but it was unsuccessful as his phone was off.

Apparently, the unannounced visit took place against the backdrop of the political crisis in Moldova, associated with the ex-government led by the Democratic Party having to transfer power to the new Cabinet, headed by ‘ACUM’ bloc leader, Maia Sandu.

The legitimacy of the new government has already been recognized by almost all the key international partners of Moldova. At the same time, Washington has so far spoken less definitely on this point. Washington urged Moldovan parties to “show restraint and agree on a way forward through political dialogue.”

“The parliamentary elections on February 24 were competitive and were held in accordance with the basic rules. The will of the Moldovan people expressed in these elections must be respected without interference. Ensuring a prosperous and democratic future for Moldova and its citizens is a common goal that the United States will continue to support,” the US Department of State declared in a statement.

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On the other hand, The Washington Post wrote on June 12 that Moldova has a “fragile chance to clear its political system.” However, according to the newspaper, the republic needs to enlist strong support from the West, including the Trump administration.

Describing the events taking place in the “small former Soviet republic in Eastern Europe, torn between the East and the West for years”, The Washington Post called shocking the agreement between the “pro-Western and pro-Putin parties”.

As the newspaper writes, oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc refuses to recognize the government created by these parties, and the ruled-by-Plahotniuc Constitutional Court declares it invalid. According to WP, it was because of the immense amount of Democratic Party’s manipulation and threats that it was considered more important to unite in confronting the oligarch.

Plahotniuc is trying to convince the United States of his anti-Russian position

The Washington Post writes that the preservation of power by Plahotniuc largely depends on the position of Washington. What Plahotniuc is doing now (perhaps including Candu’s secret visit) is trying to convince the United States of his anti-Russian position (Plahotniuc’s past ties with Russia were – de facto – dangerous, and his future visits would be welcomed by deadly enemies). At the same time, in order to ensure his the control over Moldova and therefore his freedom, Plahotniuc “tried to make a deal with the pro-Putin socialists. Moreover, WP writes that…

Filip’s government ruled by Plahotniuc was trying to get Trump’s support by moving the Moldovan Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and giving the US Embassy in Moldova a plot in the center of Chisinau

The publication calls on the Trump administration not to succumb to such manipulations of Plahotniuc and to join the European countries that supported the anti-corruption coalition.

In an interview given to RFEL, Vladimir Solovyev claimed that “Plahotniuc has become categorically unacceptable and very toxic for us, both for Moscow and Europeans.”

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Maia Sandu urges Tiraspol to lift the travel ban for officials of the Republic of Moldova

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Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with representatives of the mediators and observers in the “3+2” negotiation format. The discussions focused on the evaluation of the current stage of the Transnistrian settlement process.

Maia Sandu requested assistance from the “3+2” representatives in determining the Transnistrian party to eliminate in the near future the ban on traveling to the left bank for all citizens of the Republic of Moldova.

According to a government communiqué, the prime minister stressed that the “5+2” negotiation format for the Transnistrian settlement should become a platform to help fight corruption and smuggling.

“We have also discussed this in Kiev and I am glad that we have the same position in relation to this issue. The fight against corruption and smuggling in the Transnistrian region must be a priority. We will ensure that both state institutions and government officials will no longer be involved in corruption and smuggling schemes with Tiraspol, as it had happened in the past. As long as the Transnistrian region will be a major source of illegal enrichment for some people, there will be no real progress in identifying a political solution.”

In this context, Maia Sandu mentioned the need to prolong the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM).

The head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Claus Neukirch, reiterated that securing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, with a special status for the Transnistrian region, is the key factor in the mission’s work, but also the main goal of the “5+2” format.

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Financial support provided by USAID will be increased by $29 Million

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Yesterday, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, and the Deputy of the USAID for Europe and Eurasia Bureau, Brock Bierman, signed two letters confirming the intention to increase the contribution to the development assistance agreement with the value of 29 million US dollars.

According to Maia Sandu, the money offered by the American people will be used for good governance, tourism, information technology, and media projects.

“Support from the US over the years has been important for strengthening democratic institutions and processes in Moldova. US support has been and is important for building the rule of law for reforming justice, building a state to represent and defend Moldovan citizens. This financial support will be used as efficiently, transparently and correctly as possible, especially in the interests of all citizens,” said Maia Sandu.

The expected funding for democratic governance will facilitate the creation of functional institutions and involve citizens in decision-making, promote the efficiency and transparency of local governments, improve access to municipal services, and promote decentralization and judicial reforms. Other key areas are creating favorable conditions for civil society organizations and the media.

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PM Maia Sandu and MOIA Andrei Nastase resigned as MPs

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In the context of the past one month since the new government was inaugurated, Maia Sandu gave up her MP mandate in favor of the PM of Moldova. Thus, according to the law, in the diaspora constituency where Maia Sandu was elected, new parliamentary elections should be held.

“What I have hired for the citizens of the constituency 33 will try to do for the benefit of all the citizens of this country, as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs,” Andrei Năstase mentioned.

“Unfortunately, because of the poorly thought-out and poorly implemented system of Democratic Party of Moldova, the Parliament will have, for a few months, fewer than 101 deputies as required by the Constitution. And that is because of their total lack of responsibility, but also because Plahotniuc’s sick will to power,” declared Maia Sandu.

Reminder: Not only the leaders of the bloc ‘ACUM’ Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase have renounced their mandate, but also the Minister of Education, Culture and Research, Liliana Nicolaescu-Onofrei.

In the 50th and 33rd districts, where Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase were elected, elections are to be held.

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