Former Deputy Foreign Minister joins LDPM

Incumbent Vice-President of ASCOM company, former Moldovan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs [1998-1999] Iurie Leanca has become a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova.
INFOTAG, 28 January 2009, 18:49

Chisinau, January 28 ( INFOTAG ).

Leanca told the news conference he had quitted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001 in protest against the Communists' coming into power and against the external policy they had launched then.

"These eight years have showed how erroneous the Communists' external policy is - one based on the principle 'We shall be there where our interests will emerge'. As a result, Moldova has failed to establish good lasting relations with next-door neighbors - Ukraine and Romania. As for relations with the European Union, they have really undergone a certain evolution, but only because the European Union has approached Moldova, not vice versa", Leanca said.

He explained why he had decided to join the LDPM, saying the party has clear principles and goals, "and this is a good team where I think I can disclose my capabilities. I want to apply my knowledge and political experience for our citizens' sake".

Iurie Leanca held a whole number of sensitive state posts in previous years such as Minister-Councilor at the Moldovan Embassy to the United States, Ambassador-at-Large for European integration affairs, Senior Adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for National Minorities, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Chisinau, January 28 ( INFOTAG ). The oppositional Liberal Democratic Party has offered the Government and Central Election Commission to open extra polling stations in countries having large communities of Moldovan citizens, not only at Moldovan embassies in the capitals of such countries.

LDPM leader MP Vladimir Filat stated at a news conference today the 2009 parliamentary elections are going to be crucial for Moldova's future, so the Government must provide necessary polling conditions for a maximum-possible number of voters, including for Republic of Moldova nationals who will be outside Moldova on the election day.

Filat said that in some countries that have large Moldovan communities, e.g. Spain or Ireland, there are no Republic of Moldova's diplomatic representations. So, if Moldovan workers, say, in Ireland want to go to the polls, they can do it only in London at the nearest. Such voyages are hardly possible, so thousands of Moldovan voters will miss the voting chance.

At the news conference, Vladimir Filat produced a message from the Moldovan community in Ireland, in which compatriots requested to provide a polling possibility for them.

Filat said the LDPM is demanding from the Central Election Commission and the Government of Moldova to unfold an information campaign in the foreign press on the Moldovan parliamentary election and to allocate funding for organizing more voting facilities for compatriots staying abroad.

LDPM First Deputy Chairman, lawyer Alexandru Tanase stated that failure to provide such voting conditions would mean a violation of the citizenry's constitutional right to vote. In addition, such loose election would seriously downgrade the level of representation in the would-be parliament.

The Liberal Democrats reminded the press about a precedent, when polling stations were once opened outside Moldova's embassy building - in the Romanian cities of Cluj and Iasi for the 2005 parliamentary elections.