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Moldova is currently electing the new Parliament deputies

Today, parliamentary elections are taking place in Moldova. Polling stations begin their activity at 7:00 and close at 21:00. The ballot takes place for the first time on the basis of the mixed electoral system.

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Thus, 50 deputies will be elected according to the proportional system, and the voters will vote for the party or electoral block in the national constituency.

There are 15 political parties in the national constituency: the Democratic Party of Moldova, the electoral bloc ACUM, the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova, the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova, the Party of the Movement for Democratic Forces, the Party of the People’s Movement, our People’s Party, the National Liberal Party from Moldova, the Democracy Home Party, the Speranta-Nadezhda Movement of Professionals, the Patria Party, the Ecologist Green Party and the Liberal Party.

The remaining 51 deputies are elected in uninominal constituencies. The voters vote for their candidate in the uninominal district where they have registered their domicile. According to the latest information, 325 candidates were enrolled in the uninominal electoral constituencies.

Simultaneously with the parliamentary elections, there is also the Republican consultative referendum organized by the Moldovan Democratic Party, in which the citizens are asked if they are to reduce the number of the deputies in the Parliament and if they are for the people to be able to dismiss (remove) the deputies from office.

Thus, voters will receive four ballots in the polling stations. At the same time, the voters will sign in two registers – one for the parliamentary elections and the other for the consultative referendum.

Citizens will be able to refuse referendum or election bulletins, only receiving the ones they will request.

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“They depend on both the Democratic Party, and the Kremlin.” Maia Sandu talks about the Socialist Party

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The leader of Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), Maia Sandu, claims that the frequent, “ridiculous” travels of socialist deputies to Moscow denotes that they are not independent in making decisions.

Moreover, Maia Sandu believes that the Socialists depend both on the Democratic Party and on the Kremlin.

“We do not know exactly where this contradiction comes from, but there seems to be a contradiction and the Socialist Party is now broken between these two sides,” declared the PAS leader in an interview for Radio Free Europe.

Thus, Maia Sandu mentioned that there is interest in the Party of Socialists to make a coalition with the Democratic Party, but they have no permission from Moscow.

“We regret that they are not interested in talks on dismantling the regime,” the leader added.

When asked whether the ‘ACUM’ bloc is open to discussions with Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party, Maia Sandu’s answer was negative, claiming that “they have nothing to talk about.”

“Plahotniuc and his entourage is the problem of this country today,”

Reminder: The deputies of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova, led by Zinaida Greceanii, were on a one-day visit to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian State Duma.

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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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Members of the ‘ACUM’ opposition bloc have sent an address to the National Bank of Moldova on the theft of the bill

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Four deputies from the ‘ACUM’ opposition bloc sent an address to the NBM on the theft of the bill. Lawmakers asked how much money they paid for the two Kroll reports, but they also asked for copies of documents. Furthermore, they asked for details about the case of Ilan Shor vs Kroll, given that the former mayor of Orhei previously declared that he would sue the company.

Photo: Ilan Shor

In addition, MEPs have called for the amounts of remuneration derived from the two contracts for Kroll to be announced and the exact dates at which the Kroll payments and the amounts paid were made. The copy certified by the leadership of the National Bank of Moldova of the Kroll 1 report as well as the Kroll 2 report.

“Taking into account that Ilan Shor sued Kroll in court in the UK, we ask you to inform us if the British authorities and/or institutions have requested information from the NBM about the Ilan Shor vs the Kroll case,” the address says.

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