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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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PM Pavel Filip wasn’t present at the investiture ceremony of the new Ukrainian President

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More senior state leaders and senior officials were invited to the investiture ceremony of the new President of Ukraine. Among them were Prime Minister Pavel Filip, who wasn’t there, writes ZdG.

According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the PM was missing from the Kiev ceremony for “health reasons”, so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs himself, Tudor Ulianovschi, was represented at the ceremony in Moldova.

Several Heads of State were present at Zelenski’s investiture, but Igor Dodon wasn’t among them. However, Dodon had a telephone conversation with Zelenski as a result of which he might have agreed to hold a bilateral meeting.

Photo source: Investing.com UK

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This is Igor Dodon’s reply after Constitutional Court’s decision that the president can not submit a candidate for the post of PM

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President Igor Dodon believes that the election of the Parliament leadership is the only way to overcome the political crisis in the country.

The statement was made for the Russian news agency TASS after the Constitutional Court’s decision that the President of the Republic of Moldova can not submit a candidate to the post of PM in the absence of Parliament’s governing bodies.

“I have mentioned that if until mid-June the governing bodies of the legislature will not be established, I will have to sign the decree of dissolving the Parliament and appointing the date of organizing early parliamentary elections,” warns President Dodon on his Facebook page.

The president stressed that this scenario “is not good” for Moldova, given the risks of stopping investment projects in infrastructure, the emergence of risks in the budgetary system, postponing the creation of the Government and conducting local elections.

We recall that according to the decision of the CC, the impossibility of meeting the Parliament because of the lack of the organ convening it implies the impossibility of the President of the Republic of Moldova to appoint a candidate for the post of PM.

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23 foreign citizens registered files in order to obtain Moldovan citizenship through investments

Until now, one person who has applied to the program has already obtained the passport of the Republic of Moldova, the announcement which was made today at a press conference by the Deputy Director of the Public Service Agency (ASP), Iulia Petuhov, an institution that implements Moldova’s Citizenship Acquisition Program through investments.

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Iulia Petuhova refused to provide information about the countries from which the files were filed, but stated that they wanted to obtain the citizenship in order to benefit from the investment opportunities offered by our country and to develop their business in Moldova.

Please note that the program to obtain citizenship in return for investment was approved in 2018 by the Government. The authorities then said they hoped to attract at least €1,300,000 over the next 5 years.

According to the program, a foreign investor can acquire the citizenship of Moldova if he transfers at least €100,000 or €250,000 in a strategic business area to the Sustainable Development Fund. The program is promoted by an international consortium selected in an open competition. The consortium includes MIC Holding LLC, Henley & Partners Holdings Ltd, Henley & Partners Government Services Ltd, and Henley & Partners International Ltd.

The authorities have promised that Moldova’s citizenship through investments will only be granted to applicants who “meet the best international standards”.

“These Moldovan citizens of the Republic of Moldova will certainly not be EU citizens because they have no reason to invest in a corrupted economy.” – Maia Sandu

Reminder: The law was criticized by the MPs of the ACUM opposition bloc that declared they pose major risks to state security and citizens’ safety. Previously, Maia Sandu said that Moldovan citizens of the Republic of Moldova will certainly not be EU citizens because they have no reason to invest in a corrupted economy.

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