State of emergency extended by another 60 days

The state of emergency in Moldova, originally introduced in February 2022, is being extended by another 60 days from June 4, as decided by Parliament on Friday evening.

Requesting the extension in the legislature’s plenary meeting, Prime Minister Dorin Recean cited the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the associated risks to the country as the main reasons.

“This aggression is right at our border. Near us, in 21st century Europe, civil infrastructure is being shelled, water supply and sewage systems are being destroyed, and so is other infrastructure needed for health care, food provision and other necessities. Also, the electrical grid is being affected, which has a direct impact on the Republic of Moldova as well”, declared the Prime Minister, adding that the Government’s ability to act immediately is crucial.

The Bloc of Communists and Socialists criticized the government for extending the state of emergency already for the eighth time.

PM Ivanna Koksal stated in particular that the Bloc doesn’t consider the extension necessary, suggesting it’s a stratagem to divert public attention from real issues, such as inflation and poverty. MP Diana Caraman noted that the security risks cited by the government for extending the state of emergency don’t prevent it from hosting the European Political Community summit next week.

The extension was eventually approved with 58 votes of the PAS group, with the BCS voting against and the Shor Party boycotting the meeting altogether.

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