Igor Boțan: Political class should overcome barriers that appeared after presidential elections

The political class should overcome the barriers and hatred that appeared after the campaign prior to the presidential elections as another campaign, preceding the parliamentary elections, is to take place in at most a year, in spring or in autumn, as the main players anticipate. “From an “electoral bout” we will slowly enter another, much more important bout with much more important effects on society. This should concern the politicians now so that they review their attitudes, build bridges, consider what alliances they can form,” the standing expert of IPN’s project Igor Boțan stated in the public debate “And in the Morning They Woke Up” (by Vasiliy Shukshin). Politological, psychological and sociological aspects of the state of society after the presidential elections” that was staged by IPN News Agency.

He noted that Maia Sandu perfectly realizes that the President’s powers are so limited that her country project and the acquiring of the status of national leader will necessitate efforts and capacities. It’s not clear if the President-elect manages to maintain citizens’ aspirations until the next elections. This depends greatly on Maia Sandu. The fact that the party leaders refused to discuss the future of Parliament and the county with Igor Dodon is due to Igor Dodon’s behavior that shows that he tries to find explanations for the actions taking place with his involvement and that have a negative effect.

According to Igor Boțan, the candidates for President had well-developed electoral programs, with pretentions of national leaders, but the positive messages promoted by the two were diluted in time. “It goes to the European integration that was compromised by the politicians earlier, to which the candidates didn’t add anything new, or to the Eurasian integration. Igor Dodon tried to shift emphases somehow, saying there should be a balanced policy and Moldova is going towards the countries of the third world. The third message is the unionist one by which they promoted the idea that the pensions in Romania are higher, the salaries are four times higher. The people see these messages, but realize that nothing is done and they have to take into account the personal attacks on candidates, the history of candidates and the behavior of the electoral contenders who induce particular behaviors,” he stated.

Igor Boțan noted that the political strategists in the current presidential election campaign did harm rather than helped because Moldovan society is specific. “The first unordinary case that revealed a deviation from the norm was that of 2015, of the local elections, when mass protests were mounted in Chisinau against the bank fraud, while in Orhei, Ilan Shor, who was one of the main players in the bank fraud, won the elections with 70% of the ballot, with the people who supported him explaining that all the politicians are thieves, but there are thieves who share their wealth with then. This assessment referred to the whole political class as the people are tired of living in poor conditions, to see the relatives, mainly the young generation, leaving the country because of the politicians who only lie and spoil any noble idea.

The expert said that Renato Usatyi in the campaign acted as a politician who is associated with concrete deeds, as Vladimir Plahotniuc’s slogan earlier said “Deeds, not words”. This is a charismatic person who knows to stage all kinds of resonant events. Namely this politician revealed that the people want concrete acts with an immediate effect and they can no longer wait long.

The debate “And in the Morning They Woke Up” (by Vasiliy Shukshin). Politological, psychological and sociological aspects of the state of society after the presidential elections” as the 11th installment of the electoral series “We and the President: who elects who, who represents who” that is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

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