Political deadlock in Chisinau

political deadlock in chisinau Romania is concerned about the political crisis in neighbouring Republic of Moldova, an ex-Soviet state with a majority Romanian-speaking population.

Partly established on former eastern Romanian territories annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940 through an ultimatum, the Republic of Moldova has always had a special place on Bucharest's agenda. When Chisinau proclaimed its independence on the 27th of August 1991 after the failure of the neo-Bolshevik coup, Romania was the first country in the world to recognise its independence. For the following almost three decades, Romania has been the most energetic and constant supporter, politically, diplomatically, and financially, of Moldova's sovereignty and independence and its aspirations for European integration. It is therefore natural and legitimate for Romania to feel concern about the unprecedented political deadlock in Chisinau, where two governments contest each other's legitimacy and accuse each other of a coup d'état.

The Romanian Parliament will meet next week to discuss the latest developments in Moldova. After talks with president Klaus Iohannis, prime minister Viorica Dancila has announced the creation of a committee made up of representatives of all decision-making bodies, including the president's office, which will allow for the presentation of a common position vis-à-vis the situation in the neighbouring country. In the meantime, the authorities in Bucharest have called for calm in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis. In Romania's view, in a democratic state, the will of the people as expressed in elections and reflected in the Parliament's make-up, is the only means to ensure a legitimate political process. Romania wishes to continue the strategic partnership for the European integration of the Republic of Moldova, which forms the basis of bilateral ties, and hopes that the authorities in Chisinau will strictly adhere to this partnership and pursue their European path in a firm and constant manner, by implementing the association and free-trade agreements signed with the European Union and the needed reforms that would bring the country closer to Europe. Bucharest also views as very important Moldova's clear commitment to the cooperation projects carried out together with Romania. The foreign ministry in Bucharest is also considering the possibility of street protests taking place in the Republic of Moldova and has recommended Romanian nationals travelling there, especially to Chisinau, to avoid crowds and demonstrations.

Meanwhile, the new parliamentary majority in Chisinau formed by the pro-Russian Socialists and the pro-European right and which has appointed the Maia Sandu government, has adopted a series of laws meant to "rid the country of oligarchs", a legislative package that targets the regime's strongman, Vladimir Plahotniuc. The incumbent government, on the other hand, which is controlled by Plahotniuc and led, in name, by Pavel Filip, has held a meeting of the committee for exceptional situations. Ordinary citizens, quoted by the media, are left with nothing to do but make fun of the situation, saying "we've got two governments, in case one of them breaks down".  

Publicat: 2019-06-12 13:50:00
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