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New day… new start! What are the remaining options of forming a government in the Republic of Moldova?

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The position of the political parties that entered the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova is adjusted from one day to the next. It seems that no political expert, analyst, politician or common citizen is sure anymore of what is going to happen. What can be affirmed though, is that there is already a very low probability of a parliamentary majority formed of the political bloc ACUM and the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM). First, the PSRM invited ACUM to discussions and the latter refused due to the way the invitation was made, then the reverse situation happened, the PSRM explaining that no official invitation was made.

The political bloc ACUM has called for an urgent resumption of Parliament’s sitting and for an open and transparent presentation of every parliamentary faction’s position, in order to see whether they can form a majority or not. “It is very clear from the statements made by the PSRM representatives that they deliberately avoid recognizing the status of captured state Moldova has. They are not honest with their own voters when they promise the improvement of social policies, knowing very well that, in the condition of a controlled state, citizens can not live well and these promises can not be fulfilled. I also heard that the PSRM is ready to go ahead with snap elections without changing the electoral system, which is a further evidence of complicity to the current regime,”said one of the leaders of ACUM bloc, Maia Sandu, during a press conference organised after the PSRM rejected the bloc’s invitation to come to public discussions and submitted a number of own conditions for the initiation of negotiations.

Among the conditions on the creation of a ruling coalition presented by the PSRM were the creation of a fully functional parliamentary majority, a government and a program supported by this majority. The PSRM opposed to ruling through a minority government, as it was  proposed by ACUM. Moreover, the PSRM proposed the candidacy of the leader of the PSRM, Zinaida Greacenîi, to the presidency of Parliament, and insisted on exercising its influence on the areas of foreign and defense policy in the future government. Previously, ACUM proposed the leader of the Dignity and Truth Platform Party (DTPP), Andrei Năstase to the same position. That is a clear sign of discrepancies between these two parties and lack of intention to negotiate under the existing conditions, as none of the parts is willing to make compromises.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM) announced today that it has prepared several social initiatives, which will represent the basis for negotiations on the future coalition government. The proposed law initiatives concern the increase of allowances for children and retirees and implementation of special conditions for ‘first house’ mortgages. The DPM and the PSRM already declared previously that ‘common points’ regarding the social initiatives were found. Shall the DPM declarations be interpreted as a call for negotiations with the PSRM, as no political conditions of DPM were presented?

More about the previous events concerning the government formation here.

The economist and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Valeriu Muravschi, is one of the experts that considers an alliance formation between the PSRM and the DPM the most probable.“Their politics are pretty close. During the last three years, the DPM and the socialists voted together for so many initiatives. They have found a common, tacit language, so …”declared Muravschi in an interview for RFE/RL. He sees almost no possibility of coalition between the PSRM and the political bloc ACUM. “A coalition between the socialists and ACUM is possible only if the socialists would accept, in writing form, all conditions of ACUM,”added Muravschi. Everybody already knows – that is not going to happen.

According to Alexandru Solcan, the dean of the Faculty of International Relations and Political Sciences of the Moldova’s State University, an eventual PSRM-DPM coalition at the ideological level is possible. It would happen naturally from the political and social perspective, but the geopolitical factor could represent a problem. “In such a coalition, the DPM would probably dominate,”noted Solcan, cited by IPN.

While the parliamentary factions can’t find a consensus, at least officially, the possibility of dissolving the current Parliament and organizing snap elections is approaching. The PSRM already declared that such an option is considered by them as plausible and President Igor Dodon expressed his readiness to dissolve the current Parliament. But is it a convenient option for any of political parties, as nobody can know what would be the snap elections’ results?

A survey conducted by IMAS, cited by the State News Agency, showed that 31% of Moldovan people believe that a coalition of PSRM and DPM would be the most effective option, 24% of respondents would opt for snap elections, and 20% think that Socialists should ally with the ACUM bloc. Still, for the moment, politicians, not common people, decide what will be the future ruling government 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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