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Moldovan Democratic Party, ready to discuss with Venice Commission and change the Constitution

On March 14, the Constitutional Court confirmed the results of the Republican Consultative Referendum on February 24, 2019.

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The referendum was attended by more than 1/3 of the number of people on the electoral rolls. Thus, for the question “Are you for reducing the number of MEPs from 101 to 61?” The participation rate was 39.78%. The valid votes cast were distributed as follows: FOR – 744 529 votes; AGAINST – 266 188 votes.

For the question, “Are you for people to be able to dismiss (remove) deputies from office if they do not properly fulfill their obligations?”, The participation rate was 39.74%. The valid votes cast have been distributed as follows: FOR – 808 266 votes; AGAINST – 202 497 votes.

In the DPM’s previous press briefing, Andrian Candu said that once the Parliament starts work, the PD will prepare all the necessary mechanisms to amend the Supreme Law.

“As for the withdrawal of the mandate and the status of the Member, we need to talk to our development partners and the Venice Commission. We will come up with legal solutions. It’s a good and remarkable result, it’s our party’s success,” Candu declared.

Moldova.org analyzed positions of the Moldovan parties about the PDM initiatives before the elections and the referendum happened.

One of the authors of the draft decision on the Republican referendum, Sergiu Sirbu, deputy chairman of the PDM and ex-member of the Moldovan Communist Party, is convinced that if citizens will demand the reduction of the number of deputies and their revocation, the Constitution will be changed in order for these two provisions to be legal.

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Here’s what you need to know about the referendum organized with the parliamentary elections

Consequently, if the number of deputies is not changed, the Democrats’ plan is only to be revoked by those elected on the uninominal constituencies. This structure, according to Sirbu, will ensure an efficient mix of MPs who will be more “on the ground” while others will be dealing with public policies. If the number of MPs is reduced, the 51 constituencies could be restructured in 61, eliminating the national constituency. In this case, all 61 can be dismissed at the will of the people.

“What was the point of having 101 when more than half of them have been sleeping for four years, not making any and not visiting any localities? They could at least visit localities and examine people’s problems, lobb those problems at the central level,” declared Sirbu.

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However, according to Maia Sandu, the leader of the Action and Solidarity Party, the referendum was aimed to divert people’s attention from the country’s main problems, such as poor governance, corruption, poverty, lack of jobs, migration, the theft of the billion dollar bill, and the international isolation of the Republic of Moldova.

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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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