Nicolae Negru: Moldova does not need snap elections

Editorialist Nicolae Negru considers what the President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon does now represents pre-electoral and electoral maneuvers. According to him, the President consults Moscow and allegedly has electoral consultants from Moscow. The delay in announcing his candidacy is also due to particular advice or matters that he should resolve before making the announcement. Igor Dodon’s advisers pursue other goals than safeguarding Moldova’s interests. Moldova now does not need snap elections, IPN reports.

In an interview for RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service, Nicolae Negru said the fate of the government coalition is unclear. Two more MPs left the Democratic parliamentary group and this remained with 11 members. This means that at least formally, the government does not have a parliamentary majority of minimum 51 votes, even if there are yet the two MPs who left the PDM and one independent MP. “I consider these will vote together with the parliamentary majority. I thus don’t see why Mister Dodon should worry. He is probably not sure of the conduct of the two MPs or, on the contrary, the leaving by these MPs is an occasion for making another move that he planned long ago. I’m inclined to believe that it is a move of his. He traveled to Moscow and to Athos and plans something,” stated the editorialist.

Nicolae Negru does not see how the political forces from the legislative body could be reconfigured before the presidential elections. According to him, Igor Dodon banks on Maia Sandu, but he does not see how the leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity could help. Moreover, such a move would not be convenient for Maia Sandu in the campaign prior to the presidential elections. “How could she attack Dodon in the presidential elections while being in an alliance with him, even if this is a tacit alliance? She could be put some inconvenient questions when going to meet with the voters,” said Nicolae Negru.

As to the number of MPs of the Party of Socialists (37) and of the Democratic Party (11), the editorialist said this is the government’s problem, not the Parliament’s problem. The MPs remained the same as last November, when the Government of Maia Sandu was dismissed. “So, snap elections could have been held then if it had been considered that Parliament wasn’t representative or the MPs didn’t represent the citizens of the Republic of Moldova,” he stated.

President Igor Dodon repeatedly said that the current Parliament no longer matches the results of the parliamentary elections held last February as a number of MPs switched parties meanwhile.

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