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A well planned strategy or a shot in the dark – the aspects of government formation in Moldova

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The political bloc ACUM recently announced its refusal to participate in the tripartite consultations initiated by President Igor Dodon and to negotiate with the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM). Instead, they invited the “deputies who are not controlled by the oligarchic regime,” to “public and transparent discussions on improving, adopting and implementing the package of anti-oligarchic legislative initiatives”.

The DPM spokesman, Vitalie Gămurari, reacted by describing the intentions of ACUM as a “political war and blackmail actions in Parliament while trying to destabilize the situation in the country.” He qualified the bloc’s actions as irresponsible and as “a real political gaffe.”

The situation aggravated when at the talks on the anti-oligarchic package initiated by the bloc ACUM came 3 Members of Parliament (MPs) from the “Șor” Party, including Marina Tauber – the MP who is mentioned in the Kroll report as being involved in the Great Moldovan Bank Robbery, along with the leader of the party, Ilan Șor. The members of the bloc ACUM refused to talk to them and left the room.  The representatives of the “Șor” Party said that the gesture of the MPs from ACUM is unserious and that they “have not yet left the electoral campaign.” At the same time, Marina Tauber declared that they came only to discuss, as they have their own legislative initiatives to propose.

As the political bloc ACUM refused to talk with the DPM and the “Șor” Party representatives, it can be concluded that their invitation was addressed to the PSRM members only. This was confirmed by Andrei Năstase, one of the leaders of the political bloc ACUM, who declared for a TV channel that the PSRM should prove that they are for the de-oligarchization of the Republic of Moldova and could do this by supporting the package of laws proposed by the bloc ACUM, as IPN reports.

However, the PSRM leader, Zinaida Greceanîi, stated that the PSRM members were not present at the talks initiated by the ACUM because they were not invited. According to her, MPs were invited, while PSRM is an integral faction. “The Party of Socialists was not invited. Only the MPs were invited. We are an integral faction and we have not been invited as a faction,” Greceanîi declared.

Instead, the PSRM participated on April 2nd at the consultations with the DPM, initiated by President Igor Dodon. Again, no consensus was reached. Greceanîi declared that the DPM leaders will be convened and a decision will be taken later. She said that at the moment a coalition formation with the PDM wasn’t discussed yet. The DPM leader, Vlad Plahotniuc, said that the purpose of the consultations was to simply listen each other and that some common elements and divergences were discovered during the consultations. The discussions and negotiations are going to last and, maybe, won’t be held officially only.

The Political pundit Anatol Țăranu noted for IPN that the parties that would constitute the parliamentary majority would be put in the situation to do real politics, due to the harsh opposition represented by the bloc ACUM. “Any mistake, any inconsistency or even attempt to promote oligarchic policies by political parties will be penalized by people who could migrate to the pole of absolutely dissatisfied people,” said Țăranu.

Therefore, a really sensitive situation was created by the political parties that entered the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova: a political bloc (ACUM) announced it’s intention to be consistent and to work only with people who are not controlled by the oligarchic regime, a parliamentary faction (PSRM) keeps its doors open for negotiations, on their own terms and territory though, another parliamentary faction (DPM) that is directly responsible for the today’s political and economical situation in the country, even though they blame anyone else, wishing to remain in power at any cost, and 7 puppets organised in the political party  “Șor” that have their own role – to keep up a masquerade.

Is it really possible for them to form a coalition and, consequently, a government?

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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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