Premier-designate Valeriu Strelet and his government on Thursday received the vote of approval of the Parliament in the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau media report, getting the votes of all the deputies of the new coalition (the Alliance for European Integration-3) made up of the Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party. 52 MPs voted in favor of the Government, while 41 vetoed it.
45-year-old Strelet is a member of the Liberal Democrat Party, which gave other two prime ministers of the republic : Vlad Filat who was removed from office by Parliament in 2013 and Iurie Leanca, who left the party last year after he hasn’t been designate as premier anymore. The last Moldovan premier was Chiril Gaburici supported by a minority coalition made of the democrats and the liberal democrats and also voted by the communists.
Valeriu Strelet was the second option of the liberal-democrats who got the premier position according to the new ruling coalition’s agreement. A woman had been designated initially, Maia Sandu, former Education minister, who distinguished by her tough stances against corruption. Yet, the other two parties of the ruling coalition opposed to her candidature.
President Klaus Iohannis hailed the swearing of the new government of the R. of Moldova. “I know that the duties ahead the Executive in Chisinau are not at all easy, but I want our partners to be convinced that they’ll have in Romania the most important support in the view of overcoming the economic difficulties and of continuing the pro-European pathway,” the Romanian president wrote in a Facebook post.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also welcomed the new Government of the Republic of Moldova, underlining that Romania will support the European path of the Republic of Moldova. “I wish the colleagues in Chisinau good luck on this path,” Bogdan Aurescu told a press release.
The Foreign Ministry also expressed confidence that the new Government will carry on with the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union, the deepening of democratic reforms and strengthening macroeconomic stability.