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Vlad Plahotniuc: We are happy for the electoral success of our partners from Romania, PSD

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Vice-President of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Plahotniuc, posted a message on congratulating the Social-Democratic Party of Romania on the massive win in the Parliamentary elections.

“We are happy for the electoral success of our political friends and partners in Romania.
The good result of PSD constitutes a proof that citizens appreciate the social-democratic ideas and reforms.
I wish Romania had political balance and stability, in order to continually ensure an economic and social progress”
, posted the “executive coordinator” of the governing coalition on his Facebook page.

Some think that the leadership of the Democratic Party would be soon taken by the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, who de-facto controls the party, and even the name of the party might change to the “Social-Democratic Party”, similar to the one in Romania.

Plahotniuc’s close relation with the Social-Democratic Party of Romania has become public in 2014, when his Democratic Party declared support for Victor Ponta in the Presidential elections. There were even some reported frauds facilitated by the Moldovan Democrats, such as mass transportation and bribing of voters, at the Presidential elections in 2014 and the recent Parliamentary elections from December 11th 2016.

Romania's former Social-Democrat PM, corruption-tainted Victor Ponta and the grey eminence of Moldovan politics, Vlad Plahotniuc

Romania’s former Social-Democrat PM, corruption-tainted Victor Ponta and the grey eminence of Moldovan politics, Vlad Plahotniuc, at one of the events organized by latter’s charity foundation

According to Digi24.ro, the Social-Democratic Party won the majority in the future Parliament of Romania with approximately 45% in both Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, having a 25% distance from the secondly placed National Liberal Party.

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From Plahotniuc to Moldasig, via Gibraltar. New details about a business of over 500,000,000 lei // RISE Moldova

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RISE Moldova has offered new details about the business of over 500,000,000 lei through which 3 buildings owned by Finpar Invest SRL – the oldest company of the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, were sold last year to an offshore in Gibraltar.

Shortly after that transaction, one of the buildings – a historic townhouse in the immediate vicinity of Parliament – was taken over by Real Group Imobil, a joint stock company in the Republic of Moldova, the owner of whom was unknown at that time.

Last week, Real Group Imobil made its first activity report public. The document shows that the company has a share capital of almost 55,000,000 lei and is fully owned by the Moldasig insurance company.

Moldasig was part of a number of companies controlled by controversial banker Veaceslav Platon. Platon’s business empire in Moldova began to shake, especially in 2016, when he was arrested. Subsequently, in 2018, he was finally convicted of 18 years of jail for scam and money laundering.

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Photo: The arrest of Veaceslav Platon

At present, about 80% of the insurance company’s shares are sold for only 15,000,000 lei.

RISE states that the potential buyer of the majority stake of 65% – auctioned with nearly 12,000,000 lei, will control Moldasig and its properties, including the villa near the Parliament, valued, along with the related land, at about 59,000,000 lei!

In the last year’s Finpar Invest real estate transaction, a 10 ha plot near the Chisinau North Bus Station was also involved.

Read more about Finpar Invest here and here.

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Infographic: History of shareholders of Finpar Invest SRL

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Finpar Invest SRL service: Connections between domains and E-mail addresses

It is about the same Moldasig, which in the meantime took over the villa near Parliament, and Asito, of which Veaceslav Platon controlled 83% of the shares, a package he claimed to have bought in 2011 from Vlad Plahotniuc – oligarch, Democratic Party leader, and usurper of the Moldovan state – as Maia Sandu calls him.

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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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