The Romanian Presidency has released a statement from President Klaus Iohannis, following the dismissal of the Moldovan government by parliament.
“We have taken note of the vote in the Moldovan Parliament, which approved the motion of censure against the Government.
The Republic of Moldova is currently experiencing a difficult period in regard to the reform agenda, in regard to strengthening the European path and especially for its overall stability. It is essential that political forces act with maturity and responsibility, in accordance with the citizens’ expectations, as expressed in the legislative elections of November 30, 2014.
The European path of the Republic of Moldova must continue. Similarly, reform efforts must be pursued, the strengthening of state institutions, the efforts for solving the current socio-economic problems.
From this perspective, it is necessary to quickly form a stable and fully committed government to working with energy in all these directions.
Romania reaffirms its determination to provide Republic of Moldova with its full support in this regard,” the President’s message reads.
Moldovan parliament dismisses Strelet government
The Moldovan parliament has voted overwhelmingly to dismiss the government of Prime Minister Valieriu Strelet, rferl.org informs.
A total of 65 deputies in the 101-seat legislature voted in favour of no-confidence motion against Strelet’s government on October 29.
The vote was secured when Marian Lupu, leader of the Democratic Party, a member of the ruling coalition, said he would join with the opposition Socialist Party and the Moldovan Communist Party in voting against Strelet.
Strelet – who was appointed on July 30 – had said ahead of the vote that he would not resign amid large public demonstrations in Moldova over a massive bank fraud.
Strelet said stepping down would mean acknowledging the corruption allegations against him and would result in a delay in vital negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
During the debate ahead of the no-confidence vote, Lupu said he will not seek a new ruling alliance with the pro-Russian Socialists or Communists, but instead will try to “reset” the current alliance and keep the country on its pro-European course.
Ties within the ruling coalition have been poisoned by the October 15 arrest of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, a Liberal-Democrat, who is accused of corruption and of accepting a bribe worth some USD 260 million.
The bribe was allegedly part of a bank fraud in which up to USD 1.5 billion vanished from three Moldovan banks ahead of the 2014 elections.
The Liberal-Democrats say that the probe of Filat – who was prime minister from 2009 to 2013– was ordered by the Democrat oligarch turned politician Vlad Plahotniuc.
The Socialist Party held a demonstration in front of parliament ahead of the vote demanding that the government resign. Protesters chanted “Down with the bandits” and “Down with the oligarchs.” Hundreds of others have been camping out in central Chisinau, the capital, pledging to stay until the government and the president resigned and new elections were called.
Romanian foreign ministry calls for stability
The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) stated it has noted the Moldovan Parliament’s vote on a censure motion on Thursday, and underlined that stability and continuity were vital conditions for going through the necessary reforms and advancing Romania’s ongoing cooperation and assistance complex projects for the benefit of the Republic of Moldova and its citizens.
”The MAE considers that in the complex context in the eastern neighbourhood, the stability of the Republic of Moldova should be the first guiding priority at present for the action of all responsible political forces. Equally in this context, the pro-European mandate entrusted buy citizens in the legislative elections of November 2014 and renewed in the local elections of June 2015 should prevail. On this basis, the MAE expresses its expectation of the fastest possible forming of a government capable of applying coherently and consistently a programme built on the guarantee of Moldova’s stability, on remedying the current social and economic difficulties and on advancing along the European path, in the interest of the Moldovan citizens,” MAE pointed out in a release to Agerpres on Thursday.