Nicu Popescu: Perpetuation of current majority aggravates political and economic situation

“The current economic crisis that hangs like a hammer above Moldova’s population will only worsen if the political parties enter again the electoral competition,” said the analyst of the Paris-based European Union Institute for Security Studies Nicu Popescu. In an interview for Radio Free Europe, the analyst stated that the perpetuation of the current governmental majority aggravates the political and economic situation and does not lead to the re-launch of reforms. On the other hand, the early elections will also have a negative impact on the country, IPN reports.

“I don’t think something changed in the parliamentary mathematics over the past year. And it’s not very clear why a lawmaker who during the past year could not ensure political stability and the continuation of government, not speaking about a process of long, structural and at least somehow systemic reforms, would now drastically change the movement direction. Yes, a majority can be probably constituted, but, regretfully, the type of Parliament and, especially, the instincts and the recent behavior of those parties that ruled the Republic of Moldova over the last few years do not leave much place for convincing reformist dynamics,”
stated Nicu Popescu.

As to the future Premier and President, the analyst said the parties want formal, obedient leaders who would further cover the type of abuses that were perpetuated and ultimately undermined not only the popularity of government, but also the functioning of the Moldovan state. The people need a Prime Minister who will have his own view and some economic management abilities, who will be able to stabilize the economic situation at least slightly and will not allow abuses and excessive corruption that lead to dysfunction. It is very hard to find such a Premier.

As regards the data of the most recent Public Opinion Barometer, which shows that 88% of the respondents consider the country follows a wrong path, Nicu Popescu said that Moldova, from the declaration of its independence until now, has been a country with a very high level of political pessimism, including at regional level. Besides this structural factor that existed before the current political crises in Moldova, there is added the people’s disappointment about the undelivered promises of the governments of the last few years, which were formally or declaredly pro-European.

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