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“The crab, the pike and the frog” – a fable about the Moldovan politics

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The crab, the pike and the frog is a fable written by Alecu Donici, a Moldovan poet, fabulist and translator. It tells the story of the 3 mentioned characters who tried to carry together a bag full of wheat in the lake. Because none of them didn’t cooperate, as they are different by nature – the pike swims, the frog jumps and the crab walks sideways, they never managed to do the work together.

Why am I telling you this story and what is the link to what happens today on the Moldovan political stage? Well, the story seems to be fully replicated to the political reality of Moldova. For several weeks, all 3 political entities that entered the Parliament, having the highest number of seats – the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM), the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM) and the political bloc ACUM, have been ‘investigating the field’, while bringing new and new conditions to the ‘not held negotiations’ (as they declare, there were discussions only).

These days, the political bloc ACUM came up with new draft laws within the pale of their discussions with the PSRM. First, they proposed the creation of a working group consisting of representatives of both factions, delegated to discuss by April 25th the initiatives regarding the de-oligarchization of the Republic of Moldova and the  improvement of quality of life for the Moldovan citizens. ACUM came up with 5 new draft laws related to the General Prosecutor’s Office, the National Bank of Moldova, the Electoral Code and the citizenship by investment law, according to the declarations made during a press conference held by the political bloc ACUM.

Thus, the leader of the Dignity and Truth Platform Party (DTPP) and one of the ACUM’s leaders, Andrei Năstase, declared that the ACUM Bloc is still waiting for a firm and public commitment from the PSRM regarding the non-admission of a coalition with the DPM. “The Bloc ACUM reiterates the primordial necessity of releasing all state institutions from captivity as a prerequisite for fulfilling commitments made to voters. We also advocate for not allowing early elections in the context of oligarchic control over law and regulatory institutions, including the Central Electoral Commission, the Audiovisual Council, the Prosecutor’s Office, the National Anti-Corruption Center, “ stated Andrei Năstase.

On the other hand, Maia Sandu, the leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) and the second leader of the political bloc ACUM highlighted again the lack of intention to build any coalition with the PSRM: “We do not make a coalition. We want to discuss and understand if there is a commitment from the PSRM faction to participate in the process of de-oligarchization. We also want to hear whether the socialists commit themselves to vote in the Parliament,” added Maia Sandu.

In the meantime, all members of the PSRM, including the president of the faction, Zinaida Greceanîi, went today to Moscow for a one-day visit to the Russian State Duma. According to a press release published on the PSRM official website, the Socialists will have bilateral meetings with the State Duma members, as well as with the representatives of the largest parties of the Russian State Duma. “We remind that the PSRM signed a cooperation agreement with the governing party of the Russian Federation” Edinaia Rossia “, as well as with the political party in the State Duma” Spravedlivaia Rossia “, the PSRM press release stated.

Moreover, after the ACUM bloc came up with the draft laws and repeatedly declared that no majority government based on the ACUM-PSRM coalition will be created, Vlad Batrîncea, the executive secretary of the PSRM, published a reaction in which he mentions that the working group creation does not make any sense, as long as the representatives of the bloc are not available to discuss the initial conditions from which to start negotiations on the creation of a ruling coalition.

“We regret that the representatives of the ACUM bloc continue to show political egoism. They insist on this impossible formula when a political party gaining the third position after the number of seats in the Parliament calls for the speaker and the prime minister to be voted together with a minority government of their faction, just like the agenda proposed by ACUM tates, without taking into account the PSRM proposals. ACUM also shows irresponsibility, while trying to avoid the creation of a functional governing coalition with the PSRM, which would allow the demolition of the current government and exclude the risk of snap parliamentary elections,” said Batrîncea.

In such a way, the ACUM bloc insists on the creation of a minority government, where Maia Sandu would be the Prime Minister, and Andrei Năstase would be the Speaker of the Parliament of Moldova. On the other hand, the PSRM proposes the creation of a parliamentary majority, in which Zinaida Greceanîi would be the Speaker, and the prime minister would be elected  from the ACUM bloc.

The third ‘fable character’ – the DPM, was lately, at least officially, ignored during the ACUM-PSRM discussions, so they decided to remind about their existence. The DPM spokesman, Vitalie Gamurari, asked in a Facebook post the parliamentary parties to “come back down to earth” and to focus on the real agenda of the citizens, as well as their immediate needs, instead of “only on the desperation to get positions and take control of several state institutions”, as Gamurari said. According to the DPM agenda, such things as increase of wages and pensions, job security and better roads must be a priority. “This is why working groups need to be created, not for sharing the functions,” added the DPM spokesman.

Vitalie Gamurari forgot to mention, though, that no real social, economical or judicial reforms are possible without the liquidation of the oligarchic regime, existent in the Republic of Moldova thanks to the party Gamurari is a member of. As it seems, every parliamentary faction is interested in creation of better living conditions for the Moldovan citizens. It’s just that somebody wants to start with the hardest reforms (fighting like a pike to get to the water), others want to follow the already tested options (jumping up like a frog, but without any leap forward) and the third ones prefer to pretend that they have the solution and blame others for their own fails (walking sideways like a crab).

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Snap election: is it a practical solution for the political crisis in the Republic of Moldova?

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Today, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova has an anniversary – 2 months since both the first and the last meeting of the newly elected Parliament was held, 2 months of discussions, negotiations (or their avoidance), declarations and attempts (which were more or less trustworthy) to solve the standstill the Parliament and the entire country has been brought to.

No significant advance was reported since March 21st. There is one more month to go until Moldova’s president would dissolve the Parliament and would call a snap election.

In a last-ditch effort to avoid a snap election, the political bloc ACUM invited the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) to the Parliament’s special session, on 21 May 2019 at 14:00, in order to elect the Parliament’s leadership and vote on the anti-oligarchic legislative initiatives.

In response, the socialists published a press release on their official page where they mentioned that the ACUM proposition is unfounded and does not deserve to be taken into consideration. “This populist initiative of the representatives of the bloc ACUM can not surprise neither the PSRM faction in the Moldovan Parliament nor the majority of Moldovan citizens.” At the same time, the socialists highlighted the fact that in order to overcome the political crisis, it is necessary to create a parliamentary majority or to agree, at least, on the first election of the parliamentary leadership.

In short, none of them is willing to reach a compromise. Therefore, it is very probable that a snap election will be conducted in Moldova soon.

Nonetheless, people are not prepared for it. They already seem disappointed and less motivated to vote again. Over the last few years, the voter turnout in the Moldovan elections became lower and lower. During the 2014 parliamentary election it represented 57.28%, whereas during the 2019 parliamentary election it lowered to 50.57%. It could drop even more in case of snap election.

Moreover, a snap election would not change too much the configuration of Parliament, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers from Moldova. Only 15% of respondents believe that this political crisis could be overcome by snap elections. One third of respondents consider that if snap election were organised, no political party would gain the majority, and the results would be similar to those of February elections.

“We have noticed that the population is tired of elections. If there were snap elections, 48.7% of respondents said they would participate in the elections, whereas one third of the population is uncertain about what to do. This demonstrates once again that people have been disappointed with so many choices and political parties, which could not reach a consensus,” declared Eugen Ştirbu, the director of the International Institute for Monitoring the Development of Democracy, Parliamentarianism and Respect for the Rights of the Citizens of the Member States of AIP CIS.

Experts claim that political uncertainty also affects Moldova economically. Adrian Lupusor, the director of the Independent Analytical Center Expert-Grup claimed that the period of standstill leads to delay of financial support programs and early elections would hit the state budget, as the adjustments after the elections would be painful. The costs of organizing elections in Moldova are inversely proportional to the citizens’ trust in politicians. Therefore, whereas the parliamentary elections in 2014 had a budget of 52 million lei, in 2019 – this budget amounted to more than 110 million lei and it could raise even more in case of snap election.

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PM Pavel Filip wasn’t present at the investiture ceremony of the new Ukrainian President

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More senior state leaders and senior officials were invited to the investiture ceremony of the new President of Ukraine. Among them were Prime Minister Pavel Filip, who wasn’t there, writes ZdG.

According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the PM was missing from the Kiev ceremony for “health reasons”, so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs himself, Tudor Ulianovschi, was represented at the ceremony in Moldova.

Several Heads of State were present at Zelenski’s investiture, but Igor Dodon wasn’t among them. However, Dodon had a telephone conversation with Zelenski as a result of which he might have agreed to hold a bilateral meeting.

Photo source: Investing.com UK

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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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