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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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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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