Igor Munteanu: To break political stalemate, Parliament sittings should be resumed

The abusive interpretation of the Parliament’s Regulations by a part of the MPs and political players was one of the main problems faced by the Bloc ACUM immediately after the elections were validated. This was done in a move to restrict the right to legislative work of the elected MPs. This fault of the state institutions, the public authorities is the key problem that leads to lack of progress in the political process. If Parliament sittings had been held and work in commissions had been done, if the Parliament’s Standing Bureau and other bodies of the legislature had been formed, the results in the political sphere would have been better, Igor Munteanu, MP of the Political Bloc ACUM, stated in the public debate “Passion, forgiveness and reconciliation in Moldovan politics” that was the 109th installment of the “Developing Political Culture through Public Debates” Series, staged by IPN News Agency and Radio Moldova.

According to the MP, no political progress is made because in Moldova, as in other incipient democracies, a lot of elections are held and they never end. “The parliamentary elections only ended and the political players already think about snap elections. Someone is paving the way for local elections. And permanent pressure is exerted on the political agenda, determined by particular mobilization of voters and the mobilization of extremist groups from particular political groups that do not leave room for political compromise,” stated Igor Munteanu.

He noted the compromise is a fundamental instrument and means for political culture and the political process. If there is no space where the political players can discuss or negotiate common priorities, there is no possibility to achieve the results expected by the voters. “In our case, the Bloc ACUM said there are a series of principled positions that we cannot betray, cannot change or sell in exchange for material things likes posts. We are not interested in any of the political posts. We are interested in reaching de-oligarchization, which is an objective that means freeing of the main state institutions from political control. We cannot change this position. Our political opponents consider this is rigidity. This is not rigidity, but rather an invitation to a dialogue on the formulation of a common agenda because the MPs of the Party of Socialists and probably other MPs elected in this February’s elections could extend the objectives that would lead to the freeing of the state from captivity,” stated Igor Munteanu, adding the freeing of the state institutions from captivity should be the key priority of the current legislature.

Igor Munteanu said no one knows better than ACUM what its voters want, which are their tendencies and opinions. The Bloc ACUM insists on the principles that it cannot change for the benefit of the momentary position and it cannot form a ruling alliance, but is ready to free from captivity some of the institutions that can shatter the vertical of power in Moldova

The MP noted the bloc proposed forming a joint working group with the PSRM so as to discuss elements that bring them closer and that could form the foundations for serious legislative discussions, whereas the PSRM has never provided a clear answer in this regard. “Compromises are possible and impossible, acceptable and unacceptable. The unacceptable ones are those that cannot be voted with the closed eyes for forming a coalition that would revert the sense of change in Moldova in a week. There is the fear that, in parallel with the discussions with ACUM, the Socialists could also negotiate the composition of the future government with the PDM. This lack of certitude as regards Socialists’ intentions is an obstacle,” stated Igor Munteanu.

As to the communication style of the Democratic Party in the post-electoral period, the MP said this is a party that keeps silent and does given that the PDM already campaigns for the local elections in districts. In the absence of foreign financial assistance, the loans raised by commercial banks from the foreign currency market reached worrisome proportions. “The most serious thing is that they use the suspension of the Parliament sittings, for example, to delay the denouement for a period when the costs of the compromise will be larger. For the Bloc ACUM, it is important for the legislature’s sittings to be resumed the next few days, even if Easter is coming,” he stated, noting the political stalemate can be broken by restarting the Parliament sitting and voting laws that can be adopted by the two parties almost consensually and by forming a minority government.

The MP of ACUM said the Bloc set its lines of conduct after the parliamentary elections, announcing its readiness to cooperate over the de-oligarchization package and signaling simultaneously the willingness to break the initial patterns and create comfortable positions for other mates from other parties. “We also set unaccepted lines, such as the government coalition, pleading instead for a minority government that could implement the laws that we would adopt together with other MPs”.

The Democratic Party was also invited to the debate, but this delegated no one to take part.

The debate titled “Passion, forgiveness and reconciliation in Moldovan politics” is the 109th installment of the “Developing Political Culture through Public Debates” Series, organized by IPN and Radio Moldova, with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

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