Igor Dodon: Electoral staff has worked for several months

President Igor Dodon said that most probably next week, he will announce his decision as to his candidacy in the November 1 presidential elections. Even if he hasn’t yet announced his intention to run, he said that the electoral staff for the presidential elections has worked for several months. He noted there is yet time until September 11, which is the time limit by which the documents for registering the initiative group can be submitted, IPN reports.

In an interview for RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service, President Dodon said given that almost 15% of the MPs elected last February on the lists of a party switched parties, the only solution is to dissolve Parliament and hold snap parliamentary elections as the current legislature no longer represents the vote given by the people. The snap parliamentary elections could have taken place simultaneously with the presidential elections, but the Constitutional Court said this is not possible.

“Immediately after the presidential elections, Parliament should be dissolved by the President who will be sworn in. Most probable, this will take over after December 23 or 24, when the term in office of the incumbent President expires. I think the first decree that will be signed should be the decree to dissolve Parliament. I consider there are solutions for the incumbent President, the current Parliament to initiate the procedures so that we achieve this objective,” stated Igor Dodon.

According to him, a number of scenarios are real, but everything depends on two important political players – the Party of Socialists-Igor Dodon and the Party of Action and Solidarity-Maia Sandu. The two players who will be in an electoral competition at least as the most important parties have together over 50 seats of MP. Tacitly, without agreements and negotiations, the two players tacitly set the objective to dissolve the current Parliament.

As to an eventual resignation of Premier Ion Chicu, Igor Dodon said such decisions are taken in a team and should be made public. Even if earlier it was stated that Ion Chicu will manage the executive until the presidential elections, this was only an opinion and the mandate should be actually held until the parliamentary elections.

In another development, President Dodon said he could make one more visit to Moscow as he is determined to test Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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