Ex-president Basescu to run in 2018 elections in R. of Moldova, party leader in Chisinau says

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Former Romania’s President Traian Basescu will run for the parliamentary elections in Republic of Moldova if he regains his citizenship, Moldovan ex-Defence Minister Anatol Salaru claims.

Salaru, now executive chairman of the National Unity Party, says the former Romanian president will try to get involved in his party’s campaign if he gets his Moldovan citizenship back, Timpul daily informed.

If Basescu has his citizenship back he will run for a deputy seat and will be elected the National Unity Party’s chairman. We’ll go campaigning with him,” Salaru stated.

He added that Moldovan president Igor Dodon is delaying on purpose the trial judging the withdrawal request of Basescu’s Moldovan citizenship, so that the former Romanian head of state could not run in the parliamentary elections in Chisinau next year.

Republic of Moldova President Igor Dodon signed the decree to withdraw the Moldovan citizenship of former Romanian President Traian Basescu early this year.

“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 argued back then.

“All these are contrary to the supreme law – the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova. More so, during the procedures of granting the Moldovan citizenship, countless notifications from several institutions were ignored, including the existence of a criminal investigation,” the new Moldovan President also added.

On November 3, Traian Basescu and his wife Maria Basescu were sworn in as Moldovan citizens at the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Bucharest, on November 13 they voted for the presidential elections in neighbouring Moldova.

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