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Moldovan Parliament approves new, pro-European Government

After almost nine hours of talks within the Moldovan Parliament, lawmakers voted on a new Government late on Thursday. Liberal-Democrat Iurie Leanca is the new Prime Minister of the country. He was appointed with support of 58 votes (31 Liberal-Democrat deputies, 15 Democrat lawmakers, seven MPs of Hadarca group – a split-up faction from the Liberal Party, three deputies of Misin group, as well as two independent MPs).

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After almost nine hours of talks within the Moldovan Parliament, lawmakers voted on a new Government late on Thursday. Liberal-Democrat Iurie Leanca is the new Prime Minister of the country. He was appointed with support of 58 votes (31 Liberal-Democrat deputies, 15 Democrat lawmakers, seven MPs of Hadarca group – a split-up faction from the Liberal Party, three deputies of Misin group, as well as two independent MPs).

Pro-Western Iurie Leanca, who was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration in the previous cabinet, will now have to regain the European Union’s trust, after some top EU leaders have sent warning messages to the country that if it will not overcome the political deadlock as soon as possible, all the efforts undertaken so far to get closer to the EU will be compromised.

EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Fule said in a comment on a social network late on Thursday that after a new coalition Government has been appointed, “it’s time to get to work on reforms and genuine system of checks and balances.”

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister congratulated the newly appointed Prime Minister and said in a statement on Twitter that the “pro-European coalition in Moldova demonstrates country’s aspiration to get closer to the EU.”

The structure of the new cabinet is not very different from the previous one. There have been made only four changes: the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Natalia Gherman), Minister of Transportation (Vasile Botnari), Minister of Culture (Monica Babuc) and Minister of Youth and Sport (Octavian Bodisteanu). There will be 16 ministries and four vice-ministries in total.

The cabinet is expected to be sworn in on May 31 in front of the President of state, Nicolae Timofti. 

The previous Government was ousted in March in a parliamentary no-confidence vote after all Communist and Democrat MPs, as well as several independent lawmakers, voted to remove the Executive. 54 out 101 deputies voted in favor of the no-confidence motion. 

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Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase criticize the Romanian Government for blocking a negative EU report on Moldova

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Pro-European Leaders of Chişinău, Maia Sandu (PAS) and Andrei Năstase (DA) criticize the PSD-ALDE government in Bucharest for blocking a negative report prepared by the European Union against the majority in Chisinau, controlled by oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

“It is already well-established that whenever international political cover for lawlessness and thievery in the Republic of Moldova is needed, oligarch Plahotniuc can count on the unconditional support of Liviu Dragnea and Victor Orban. The government in Bucharest, flanked by Russia’s loyal friends in Budapest, refuses ostensibly to admit anti-democratic slippages in Chisinau, placing itself on the oligarch’s side to the detriment of the citizens – a sad triumph of the centenary year” in a joint statement by Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase, posted on Facebook.

“After the PSD-ALDE political party’s PD-PSRM political cartel, following the change of the electoral system to the benefit of the pro-Russian party in Moldova, after the moral support offered by Dragnea to Plahotniuc with the invalidation of the Chisinau elections won by pro-European and pro-Romanian government, the government in Bucharest decided to block a critical report on Plahotniuc’s regime, to be adopted by the Foreign Ministers of the European Union. The report denounces the violation of democratic practices by the Chisinau authorities,” the two pro-European political leaders in Chisinau said.

Sandu and Năstase highlighted the provisions of the EU-prepared report for the Republic of Moldova:

  • The commitment to democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights are at the heart of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, and the events in Moldova this year, “including the invalidation of elections for the Chisinau City Hall”, “caused significant worries” respect for this commitment by the Moldovan side,
  • EU foreign ministers expect the parliamentary elections announced for February 2019 “to be conducted in line with international standards, respecting democratic principles and ensuring a credible, transparent and comprehensive process.”
  • The huge concern about the “growing number of reported cases involving pressures and intimidation” against the opposition, free media and civil society as a whole,
  • Asking all candidates of the Moldovan authorities to provide access to the media and equal opportunities to participate in the elections,
  • Demanding the presence of “an appropriate number of polling stations” from the Moldovan authorities, both in the country and abroad.
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Andrian Candu asks the Constitutional Court to suspend President Dodon for the fifth time

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The pre-electoral political theatre lead by the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) and  Socialist Party of Moldova (PSRM) continues.

The head of state, Igor Dodon, could be temporarily suspended for the fifth time since taking office. Speaker of Parliament Andrian Candu and Democratic deputy Sergiu Sirbu filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court. Today, the judges will decide whether the suspension will happen.

According to the case filed by Andrian Candu and Sergiu Sirbu, the head of state refused to promulgate several laws, although the Constitution obliges him to do so after being revoked in Parliament.

Thus, Dodon is accused of refusing to promulgate five laws approved by Parliament, including the construction of the US Embassy on the site of the former Republican Stadium, the celebration of 9 May as Europe Day, the new Audiovisual Code, and the reform of the Carabineer Troop Department.

So far, Igor Dodon has been suspended from office four times, and the bonds were met by Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu.

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Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova has accepted the offer to join the ACUM resistance movement

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A couple of days ago, Dignity and Truth Platform Party (DTPP) leader Andrei Nastase declared that the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM) and the Liberal Party (PL) should not participate in the parliamentary elections in February 2019. Instead, some of the exponents of the two Formations could be found on the Block List “ACUM” and in some constituencies. Moreover, Nastase asserted that his party and Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) will not negotiate anything with LDPM and PL representatives, as the electoral bloc will not “expand” under any circumstances.

Today, despite the statements of Andrei Năstase, LDPM vice-president Ion Terguţă announced on his Facebook page that his party will join the ACUM resistance movement.

“LDPM has accepted the offer ACUM. There will be fire.”

It seems that the decision was taken today at the meeting of the LDPM National Political Council. Thus, the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova will participate in the elections of 24 February in the composition of the ACUM block, which includes the PAS and DTPP parties.

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