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MP Iurie Chiorescu leaves Liberal-Democratic caucus, joins the Democratic Party of Moldova

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After being nominated a deputy in Moldova’s Parliament on 25 April, Liberal-Democrat Iurie Chiorescu declared on 28 April that he leaves the Liberal-Democratic caucus and Party (PLDM) for the Democratic one (PDM).

“PLDM left its route for which people voted. This political formation isolated itself. I would like to announce that I am resigning from PLDM and that I want to join PDM. I want to respect my engagement towards the voters”, declared Chiorescu.

Iurie Chiorescu was a complementary deputy of the Liberal-Democratic Party who replaced Victor Roșca, who left the Parliament before.

Chiorescu’s move seems like a part of a series of acquisitions made by Democratic Party in the last year- 14 former Communists, a Socialist MP and 6 former Liberal-Democrats joined the Democrats. Now, the Democratic Party caucus has 41 deputies, even though it got only 19 deputies elected in 2014.

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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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Maia Sandu reacts harshly to the Democratic Party (PDM) accusations: “Plahotniuc is so scared that he’s making fun of himself”

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“The PD’s animalistic fear of losing power after parliamentary elections and the anti-citizen police used as instruments against the opposition are drawing to an end the totalitarian nature of this regime. From their press release, it appears that the only crime in this state is to be an electoral competitor. Moreover, through this communiqué, state institutions are de facto suggested to act in the sense of taking punitive measures against PD’s political opponents.”

This is how begins the public letter signed by Maia Sandu in response to the press release published by the Democratic Party of Moldova, in which “it noticed the appearance on the eve of the electoral campaign of several skirmishes regarding the violation by some parties and organizations of the civil provisions of the Law on Political Parties, the Electoral Code and the Audiovisual Code”.

Democrats, headed by Vladimir Plahotniuc, argue that they have detected “illegalities that can negatively influence the electoral process” and have officially notified the institutions responsible for holding elections. The PD accuses “some parties” of “incorrect mode” by which they would try to influence the outcome of the elections and discredit their conduct. Read the full story here.

Maia Sandu’s message continues like this:

“The accusation of the pro-European opposition that by “distributing prospectuses, calendars, creating the ACUM website” would carry out “pre-term electoral campaigning” denotes a naughty legal nihilism on the part of the Democratic Party. The concept of “electoral agitation” is explicitly defined in the electoral legislation (Article 1 of the Electoral Code), and no action mentioned in this communiqué undertaken by the members and supporters of the two parties circumscribes the notion of “electoral agitation”. Neither national legislation nor international law prohibits the promotion of their own image outside the electoral campaign. In a democracy, it is natural to have one’s own sites and to print informative materials to the citizens. It seems that what PDM wants is to become a single party ruling this country and make use of all state institutions in order to block all ways of communication.

The PD’s attempt to equalize electoral agitation with a simple information of the population aims to de facto prevent the opposition from communicating with the citizens of this country.

Given that the PD holds the monopoly on the television and the media in the Republic of Moldova, which daily manipulates public opinion through propaganda and outrageous lies, the attempt to prohibit the printing and distribution of information materials represents the annihilation of the political struggle as such.

Or is it that talking with the citizens in the Republic of Moldova is already a ban? If they could, Plahotniuc would generally forbid us to open our mouths and speak up.

Regarding the overseas movements of party leaders who announced the creation of the Future Block ACUM.md, we state that all these are perfectly legal and transparent. On this occasion, we inform the public that next week the leaders of the PAS and the DA Platform will be in Strasbourg at the last plenary session of the European Parliament and will inform the MEPs about the slippages that the dictatorial regime in Chisinau continues to commit.

We note that of the five examples offered by PD, only one refers to the PSRM and, surprisingly, none to the DP, not to mention other parties, including convicted guerrillas. This is in the context in which both PSRM and PD go through villages with potato bags, bribing voters and offering election memories, which is expressly forbidden in law.

Plahotniuc, the main thief of the Republic of Moldova, is so scared that he’s making fun of himself.”

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Romania blocked the adoption of an EU document containing criticism about Moldova

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Romania has blocked the adoption of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council critical conclusions, discussed by the European Union foreign ministers, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

At the meeting of the ministers on December 10th, Romania, supported by Hungary, opposed the inclusion of the draft text in the agenda of the meeting.

According to RFE/RL, the draft text encloses conclusions regarding the Moldova’s evolution since February, “including the invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chisinau”. It raised “significant concerns” about Moldova’s commitment “to democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights at the core” stated in the EU Association Agreement with Moldova.

The document also communicates that the EU foreign ministers expect that the parliamentary elections scheduled for February 2019 “will be conducted in line with international standards, respecting democratic principles and ensuring a credible, transparent and inclusive process.” They expressed concerns about the increased number of pressure and intimidation cases.

It called on Moldovan authorities to ensure that the election candidates would have equal access to media and ­­­would receive equal opportunities to stand in the elections, including those in single mandate districts. Another point was to organise enough polling stations in the country and abroad during the parliamentary elections.

The conclusions were supposed to be adopted as a consequence of the European Commission decision to recalibrate the financial assistance for the Republic of Moldova in the light of “the continued deterioration of the rule of law and democracy in the country,” as it is stated in the EU Delegation in the Republic of Moldova press release. A support redirection to the projects that have a direct and positive impact on the Moldovan citizens was highlighted in the press release.

The prime-minister of the Republic of Moldova, Pavel Filip, declared that if Romania had not blocked the European Union’s new critical document and if it hadn’t been adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council, then this could have been interpreted as involvement in the pre-election campaign in Chisinau. “We are very grateful to our friends from Romania and from the other countries that blocked the adoption of the document,” said Filip for RTR-Moldova.  Hence, one could observe the interest of the Moldova’s government in ruling without taking into consideration any outside critical position.

On November 14th, the European Parliament voted on a resolution regarding the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. The government from Chisinau was severely criticized at that moment. The main topics were the intimidation of the opposition, the decision to change the electoral system, the lack of press freedom, the lack of progress in investigating bank fraud, the expulsion of the seven Turkish teachers and the adoption of the law on tax amnesty.

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