Moldovan political parties agree to form government


The parliamentary elections last February did not have a clear majority.

The World with AFP and Reuters Posted today at 09:14

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After months of negotiations, the Moldovan Parliament on Saturday approved the composition of a government formed by an unprecedented alliance between the Socialist Party of Prussian President Igor Dodon and the pro-European alliance ACUM of Maïa Sandu.

They agreed to appoint Maia Sandu, former Minister of Education and World Bank Adviser, as Prime Minister. The agreement aims to put an end to the current political crisis since the parliamentary elections in February, from which no clear majority has emerged and to remove from power Vlad Plahotniuc, an oligarch accused for a long time of pulling the strings of Moldovan politics. .

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The alliance of these two groups, in a country traditionally divided between the partisans of a European integration and those turned towards Russia, immediately provoked the fury of Vlad Plahotniuc, whose party is the second parliamentary force and who denounced a "Coup d'état".

Constitutional Court calls for new elections

Parliament also adopted a resolution on Saturday comparing Moldova to a "State in captivity". "The Plahotniuc regime has become the worst of the evils that Moldova has had to do in its modern history"said the statement read by the new interior minister Andrey Nastase, ally of Maia Sandu.

"The oligarchs have established a dictatorship driven by manipulation, terror, lies and misinformation. The country is wallowing in corruption. We, the deputies, (…) have the duty to restore democracy "continues the text.

The formation of this coalition, however, goes against the opinion of the Constitutional Court, which had estimated Friday that Parliament should be dissolved and new elections organized due to the impossibility of forming a government within three months the election.

Small country of 3.3 million people stuck between Ukraine and Romania, Moldova struggles to emerge from repeated political crises and is regularly affected by politico-financial scandals, as the discovery in 2016 that 1 billion dollars, representing 15% of Moldova's GDP, had disappeared from the coffers of three banks in the country.

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