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“Home at Chişcăreni” – a new touristic route arranged in Moldova with the local support

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The Chişcăreni commune in Sîngerei district can become a new tourist attraction in Moldova. Tourists will be now able to admire the views by climbing Casso’s Movila, enjoy the local eco-carriage rides, and experience therapy at the “Albinuţa” House.

Those who want to fish or relax will be able to do it in the forest and by its ponds. The route is complemented by the services provided by the four agro-tourist boarding houses, the agricultural activities to which tourists can get involved and the ecological pieces prepared by the village households.

“We have prepared a team of local guides made of high school students. They have already guided the first groups of tourists along the way, including in English,”says Viorica Ignatiuc, training guide at the Dialog Center.

The creation of the tourist route in Chişcăreni is one of the 14 local economic development projects carried out by the local authorities within the project “Migration and Local Development” implemented by UNDP Moldova with the financial support of the Government of Switzerland.

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Manifestations in front of the Government building: the difference between protests and hired crowds

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The representatives of the political bloc ACUM have organized a public protest in front of the Government building against fuel and vegetables prices increase.

“The substantial increase in petrol and diesel prices raises suspicions of cartel agreements between fuel importers. Although NAER (National Agency for Energy Regulation of the Republic of Moldova) has approved a new calculation methodology this year, which allows companies to set oil prices on their own, they have mysteriously decided to raise prices the same day and set it at the same level – actions that should normally be sanctioned by the authorities, “ is stated in a press release of the bloc ACUM.

Protesters against the prices increase| Photo: ZdG

The representatives of the political bloc also expressed the concern regarding the increase in potato prices, their price becoming 4 times higher as compared to 2018. “These increases are taking place against the decline in local potato production, reduction of the potato cultivation area and drop of local production profitability. As a result, imports from other countries are steadily rising. A responsible government would take urgent action to support local production and to prevent a significant increase in prices for one of the basic products.”

At the same time, a group of young persons organized a counter-manifestation, demonstrating violent behaviour, rude vocabulary and insulting banners against the leaders of the political  bloc ACUM.

The counter-manifestation against the political bloc ACUM| Photo: ZdG

The police claimed that it was not aware of the counter-demonstration and learned about it shortly before the young people started the protest.  When asked why the police did not intervene to ban its organization, the deputy chief of the General Police Inspectorate, Gheorghe Cavcaliuc, said that, initially, they believed that the group of young people were protesters of the bloc ACUM as well. After the police understood that there are two demonstrations, they tried to separate them.

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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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A group of people, detained for smuggling weapons, ammunition and drugs from the Transnistrian region and the Russian Federation // VIDEO

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The accused ones are people from Stefan Voda and Chisinau, uncovered by police and prosecutors.

The grouping has been documented by investigative officers for several months. During this time, an undercover agent purchased some F-1 explosive grenades, a handcrafted craft, and hemp. Furthermore, a criminal case has been initiated. Currently, three people aged between 19 and 35 are detained.

Suspects are being prosecuted for illegal handling, storage, procurement, manufacture, repair or sale of weapons and ammunition, their evasion and illegal drug trafficking.

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