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What will be the expenditure for the referendum organised on the same day with the parliamentary election?

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The Central Election Commission (CEC) approved the expenditure budget for conducting the Republican Consultative Referendum on 24 February 2019 along with the parliamentary elections appointed for the same date. The referendum organized at the initiative of Vladimir Plahotniuc will cost over 10 million lei.

According to the CEC president Alina Russu, the amount of 10.162 million lei will be used for the procurement of electoral materials as ballot papers, badges, forms and minutes for recording the events, as well as for the training organised by CEC regarding the election process.

“The expenditures also refer to the enlargement of the team that will be in charge with the organization and operation of the referendum,” Alina Russu said.

CEC meeting on December 14th, 2018| Source: privesc.eu

On November 13th, Vladimir Plahotniuc announced from the Democratic Party’s tribune the implementation of a political reform to optimize the Moldovan Parliament. The DPM leader announced the organization of a referendum to reduce the number of deputies from 101 to 61, but also to ensure citizens’ control over the work of the deputies. “Citizens can withdraw the deputies’ mandates when they have disappointed and no longer represent the voters,” as Plahotniuc declares. He also mentioned the opportunity of saving public budget money in case the referendum is held in the same day with the election’s day.

Vladimir Plahotniuc announcing the referendum | Source: zdg.md

What Vladimir Plahotniuc and the DPM didn’t mention is that before November 8th, 2018 it wasn’t possible to organise a referendum in a period of 60 days before and after elections. The modification of the article number 152, 2nd paragraph of the Electoral Code was made in a hidden way, as the bill that included the modifications was voted without even mentioning that it contained such an important amendment. Moreover, when asked about the way the Electoral Code was modified, the DPM deputy Sergiu Sîrbu declared that the changes were legally operated and that it is the problem of those parliament members that didn’t read the syntheses.

The draft decision on the organization of the referendum was voted in the last full session of the Legislature. Because in 2014 there was an unsuccessful attempt to hold a referendum on the same day as the parliamentary elections, the Democrats had to change the legislation so that their initiative was possible.

As Ziarul de Gardă informs, the questions that citizens will have to answer at the referendum are:

Do you agree with the reduction of the number of members of Parliament from 101 to 61? For / Against

Do you agree that people should be able to revoke (remove) the deputies from office if they do not properly fulfil their obligations? For / Against

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Maia Sandu asks the magistrates of the Moldovan Constitutional Court to submit their resignation letters

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PM Maia Sandu was disturbed by the communiqué issued by the Constitutional Court. The report issued by the CC said that the reason for the annulment of the decisions taken on 7-9 June is “the situation in the Republic of Moldova, especially the announcement of the transfer of power to the Government of Sandu and the coalition formed in the Parliament Republic of Moldova”. Note that three of the six magistrates of the Constitutional Court come from the Democratic Party.

“The judges of the Constitutional Court continue their delirium, nationally and internationally shaming the institution they represent. In essence, the Court, rather than recognizing that it participated in the desperate attempt of the Democratic Party to maintain its power unlawfully, justifies its decision only by the fact that this is the situation at present in the Republic of Moldova. I call this approach inappropriate from the perspective of respect for the Supreme State Law. The Constitutional Court must adopt acts in accordance with the provisions of the letter and spirit of the Constitution, and not based on the decisions and behavior of the political actors in the country. At the same time, I ask the judges of the Court to submit their resignations immediately if they still have a little honor and respect for the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova and the citizens of this country,” says Maia Sandu.

Romanian Judge Cristi Danileţ, a former member of the Superior Council of Magistracy in Romania, claims that the decision of the Constitutional Court on the cancellation of the judgments issued on 7-9 June is legally unprecedented.

Previously, the Constitutional Court ruled by Plahotniuc, declared unconstitutional the election of the leadership of the Moldovan Parliament and the vote of the new Government, and later instituted the interim president, after having previously decided that the deadline for a new government to vote was 7 June 2019, not June 9, as previously mentioned in the public space. These decisions have given rise to a number of criticisms and, at the request of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, the Venice Commission was due to comment on the decisions taken by the CC next week.

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Democrats leave government to the new coalition

The decision was taken after today’s National Political Council of the Plahotniuc’s party, announced Vladimir Cebortari, vice-president of the DPM.

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According to Cebotari, DPM’s decision is a clear signal that the Democratic Party no longer holds power in the country.

“However, our decision will not solve the constitutional blockade,” Cebotari said.

“Regardless of what solutions will be found, as long as we have the decisions of the CC in place, the Government that will be installed will operate illegally, and the officials of the institutions will not be legally able to execute the decisions of such a Government and will be in a situation of legal risk. That is why final elections will be reached, as it’s the only way to solve the crisis created by the binomial Socialist Party–’ACUM’ bloc legally and completely,” finalized the DPM vice-president.

Vladimir Cebotari said that the next move on behalf of the DPM should be expected. However, it might be way too early to call it good news just yet.

Two days ago, the leaders of the bloc ‘ACUM’ Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase asked the Moldovan citizens to come to Parliament for the  “march of the people” on Sunday, June 16th. President Igor Dodon, too, called on the country’s citizens and his supporters to participate in the march, in support of the new government.

Maia Sandu warned that “the Plahotniuc regime will do everything in its power to prevent citizens from coming to the march of the people. They will try to stop public transport, threaten drivers, block the streets.”

“Prepare yourself! Come early, come to your relatives’s place and stay overnight in town. Offer car seats to those who wish, but don’t have the possibility to join. They stop the cars? We walk! They will hear our every step and see that Moldova doesn’t belong to them, but to the people and children of Moldova,” said Maia Sandu at the press conference.

She addressed all police officers who refuse to obey to Plahotniuc’s orders as well as those responsible for national security and citizens to maintain public order and ensure that no citizen of this country would suffer.

Will Plahotniuc’s remaining army find ways to prevent the event from happening? How many of Moldova’s remaining people will attend the rally? That’s for us to find out on the coming Sunday.

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Cristina Balan, the Moldovan ambassador to the US and former DPM vice-president, is ignoring new MFA’s recall for consultations in Chisinau

Moldovan Ambassador to the US Cristina Balan ignored the order of the new Moldovan Foreign Minister in the Government of Maia Sandu, Nicu Popescu, in which she was asked to present herself no later than today, June 14, 2019, at 3 pm, for consultations in Chisinau.

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According to Nicu Popescu, this confirmed that Cristina Balan chose to execute the diplomacy of Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party, instead of the state’s diplomacy.

“I reiterated to the US authorities that from now on, all the steps taken by Balan are made on her own account, and do not reflect in any way the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova”, claims Nicu Popescu.

He mentioned that he has decided to submit to the Government of the Republic of Moldova the proposal to dismiss Mrs. Cristina Balan from the position of ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America.

Cristina Balan is the former vice-president of PDM, where she was responsible for the DPM’s foreign affairs management. Oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc was elected to this position on May 8, 2018.

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