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Basescu’s request to retain Moldovan citizenship – rejected by Chisinau Court

The Chisinau Court has rejected on Monday the request filed by former Romanian President Traian Basescu to cancel the decree withdrawing his Moldovan citizenship signed by President Igor Dodon, Unimedia and Deschide.md inform.

Traian Basescu may challenge the decision in 30 days.

Basescu’s lawyer says the court’s ruling was a political one.

The former Romanian President became citizen of the Republic of Moldova in November 2016, after he sworn the oath at the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Bucharest. Basescu had received the Moldovan citizenship by the decree signed by former Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti, signed in June 2016.

After Igor Dodon was elected President of Republic of Moldova, in early January 2017 he signed the decree to withdraw the citizenship for Traian Basescu. The document mentioned only Traian Basescu and not his wife Maria Basescu.

“I’ve signed the decree to withdraw the R. of Moldova citizenship from Mr. Traian Basescu,” Igor Dodon wrote at the time on his Facebook page. “Previously, as deputy of Moldova’s parliament, I said the citizenship has been granted illegally. Traian Basescu repeatedly called for cancelling the statehood of R. of Moldova by annexation to Romania. Ever since during his presidency, he refused to recognise the Moldovan statehood and the existence of the Moldovan people,” Dodon wrote.

Later in January 2017, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova announced that the legality of the Moldovan citizenship withdrawal for ex-Romanian president Traian Basescu, is exclusively up to the law courts.

The Moldovan Constitutional Court says that the notification filed by the deputy Grigore Cobzac (the Moldovan Liberal Democrat Party, set up by former Moldovan PM Vlad Filat) didn’t comply with the stipulation on the Citizenship Law of the R. of Moldova, according to which the head of state’s decrees on this matter can be challenged to the Supreme Court of Justice in six months. Therefore, the Constitutional Court has ruled that the citizenship withdrawal matter is exclusively up to the courts.

 

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