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Moldova, the country that has recently become the world record holder for anarchy, is in the midst of yet another political crisis. The Liberal Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Vladimir (Vlad) Filat has left the ruling coalition, pravda.ru informs.
Political affairs in Moldova are reminiscent of an endless soap opera with repeated early parliamentary elections and failure to elect a president for three years. The deputies managed to form a government that has been headed by Filat for three and a half years.
In January, an incident in the reserve “Gospodarsky Forest”, where during a hunting accident involving high-ranking officials a businessman from Chisinau was killed, became public knowledge. According to unofficial information, the fatal shot was made by Attorney General Valery Zubko, representing the Democratic Party. The opposition demanded Zubko’s resignation, and he resigned. However, the criminal case was brought not against Zubko but Andrei Usatov, Filat’s party fellow.
The Prime Minster could not accept it. On February 13th he announced withdrawal of his Liberal Democratic Party from the ruling coalition. He stated that a dirty campaign was launched against him by a tycoon, leader of the Democratic Party Vladimir Plahotniuc. Considering that Filat’s associates have 31 seats in the parliament and are the dominant party of the governing alliance, we may expect early elections. This would be fourth parliamentary elections in four years, in addition to countless presidential elections.
there is a chance that the election may be avoided, which would require that the Liberal Democrats unite with the oppositional Communists. However, this would be similar to an affair between a snake and a hedgehog. The right party of Filat focused on the EU (and even NATO) will unite with the left who (at least on paper) are in favor of closer ties with Russia and the Customs Union. This alliance will not last long, and therefore, Moldovans will have to quickly prepare for parliamentary elections.