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The Party of Socialists sees no other solution than snap elections

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The Party of Socialist of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) convened the meeting of the Political Executive Committee of the party to discuss the post-election political situation and the actions to be taken by the party. In a press release published on the PSRM official website, it is reiterated that “the party intends to prioritize precisely the agenda of the next government: what is to be done for people in the social and economic field, which actions are necessary for the fight against corruption, what must be done to consolidate the state institutions and only after this – the structure and form of government, which are also very important.”

The Socialists declared that if a solution can not be found for the formation of the new government, there will be snap elections. “If no progress is registered on this topic in the nearest future, the PSRM sees no other solution than organizing and conducting snap parliamentary elections,” the PSRM press release stated. Next week, there will be a meeting of the PSRM Republican Council, during which the future actions of the party will be discussed and approved.

At the same time, the political bloc ACUM noted that the budget for 2019 is unrealistic. In the absence of a responsible and credible government in the eyes of the development partners, a government able to restore external funding, there is a risk that in the second half of the year, important expenses, including payments to the population, will not be made. The political bloc ACUM representatives claimed that when the budget was drawn up, the revenues were overestimated by about 2.5 billion lei. Moreover, a large part of the budget deficit of 5.6 billion lei should have been covered by external assistance, which remains suspended.

“If the current financing problems are not solved, the government will have to apply budgetary correction measures of about 7.5 billion lei through collecting additional taxes and fees or by cutting expenses,” said the members of ACUM.

The political bloc ACUM considers that in the long run, the sustainable growth of budget revenues and expenditures can only be achieved through consistent reforms of the fight against corruption, improving the business environment and restoring investor confidence in the Republic of Moldova, as well as through de-bureaucratization and improving tax administration, investing in human capital and increasing the efficiency of public spending. “The bloc ACUM is the only political force that has the capacity, the freedom and the courage to carry out these reforms,” is mentioned in the ACUM press release.

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Opposition bloc ‘ACUM’: “It is time to get ready for protest actions.”

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Yesterday, the bloc ‘ACUM’ invited the Moldovan Socialist Party to the special session of the Moldovan Parliament, aimed at electing the leadership of Parliament and vote on a base of anti-oligarchic legislative initiatives.

However, the meeting did not take place, after the Socialist Party deputies ignored the invitation.

“This populist initiative of the representatives of the bloc ‘ACUM’ can not surprise us, nor the majority of the citizens of Moldova”, shows a PSRM communiqué.

The Action and Solidarity leader Maia Sandu said that the bloc of the ‘ACUM’ is still open for talks on the anti-oligarchic concept, and if the socialists do not give a positive response, then they will have to take responsibility for triggering early elections.

“We believe that dismantling the corrupted system is possible,” Sandu claims.

In this context, Maia Sandu gave the example of Ukraine, after yesterday, when the new president demanded resignations. Moreover, she implied the example of Armenia, where substantial efforts are being made in the field of reforming justice.

At the same time, Dignity and Truth Platform leader, Andrei Nastase, said that there is currently an undeclared alliance, composed of the Socialist Party, the Democratic Party and the Shor Party.

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Snap election: is it a practical solution for the political crisis in the Republic of Moldova?

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Today, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova has an anniversary – 2 months since both the first and the last meeting of the newly elected Parliament was held, 2 months of discussions, negotiations (or their avoidance), declarations and attempts (which were more or less trustworthy) to solve the standstill the Parliament and the entire country has been brought to.

No significant advance was reported since March 21st. There is one more month to go until Moldova’s president would dissolve the Parliament and would call a snap election.

In a last-ditch effort to avoid a snap election, the political bloc ACUM invited the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) to the Parliament’s special session, on 21 May 2019 at 14:00, in order to elect the Parliament’s leadership and vote on the anti-oligarchic legislative initiatives.

In response, the socialists published a press release on their official page where they mentioned that the ACUM proposition is unfounded and does not deserve to be taken into consideration. “This populist initiative of the representatives of the bloc ACUM can not surprise neither the PSRM faction in the Moldovan Parliament nor the majority of Moldovan citizens.” At the same time, the socialists highlighted the fact that in order to overcome the political crisis, it is necessary to create a parliamentary majority or to agree, at least, on the first election of the parliamentary leadership.

In short, none of them is willing to reach a compromise. Therefore, it is very probable that a snap election will be conducted in Moldova soon.

Nonetheless, people are not prepared for it. They already seem disappointed and less motivated to vote again. Over the last few years, the voter turnout in the Moldovan elections became lower and lower. During the 2014 parliamentary election it represented 57.28%, whereas during the 2019 parliamentary election it lowered to 50.57%. It could drop even more in case of snap election.

Moreover, a snap election would not change too much the configuration of Parliament, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers from Moldova. Only 15% of respondents believe that this political crisis could be overcome by snap elections. One third of respondents consider that if snap election were organised, no political party would gain the majority, and the results would be similar to those of February elections.

“We have noticed that the population is tired of elections. If there were snap elections, 48.7% of respondents said they would participate in the elections, whereas one third of the population is uncertain about what to do. This demonstrates once again that people have been disappointed with so many choices and political parties, which could not reach a consensus,” declared Eugen Ştirbu, the director of the International Institute for Monitoring the Development of Democracy, Parliamentarianism and Respect for the Rights of the Citizens of the Member States of AIP CIS.

Experts claim that political uncertainty also affects Moldova economically. Adrian Lupusor, the director of the Independent Analytical Center Expert-Grup claimed that the period of standstill leads to delay of financial support programs and early elections would hit the state budget, as the adjustments after the elections would be painful. The costs of organizing elections in Moldova are inversely proportional to the citizens’ trust in politicians. Therefore, whereas the parliamentary elections in 2014 had a budget of 52 million lei, in 2019 – this budget amounted to more than 110 million lei and it could raise even more in case of snap election.

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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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