Democratic quartet form coalition, seek 'dialogue' with Communists

The four leaders said the election of a technocrat president was not an option.
Info-Prim Neo, 8 August 2009, 18:32

The four democratic parties which entered parliament - PLDM, PL, PDM, and AMN * - announced on Saturday they had formed a coalition titled "Alliance for European Integration". The next stage, according to them, is to establish dialogue with the Communists Party.

"Immediately after our partners return from vacation (Communist leader Vladimir Voronin will be on vacation until August 15 - editor's note), we'll enter into dialogue with them. There is no other way", declared Marian Lupu, PDM president, at a news conference on Saturday, highlighting the importance of a "reasonable dialogue, in line with European political culture standards".

"We want dialogue with the PCRM, not negotiations", stressed AMN leader Serafim Urecheanu, adding: "There will be no negotiations with them concerning sharing of positions".

"I think they will offer not only eight votes (which the coalition is short of in order to elect a president - editor's note), but forty-eight, because they love their fatherland more than we do, according to their electoral speeches", said PL president Mihai Ghimpu.

The newly formed coalition intends to achieve five major goals: restore the rule of law; overcome the socioeconomic crisis and foster economic development; decentralize the government and promote local autonomy; achieve Moldova's territorial reintegration; achieve Moldova's European integration and follow a balanced, consistent and responsible foreign policy.

A joint government program built on the principles set out in the coalition declaration is to be presented shortly.

The four leaders, however, failed to say when and how the power-sharing would take place or whom they would nominate for president, but said the election of a technocrat president was not an option.

T he PLDM, PL, PDM and AMN obtained in the recent legislative elections a combined number of 53 seats in the 101-seat Parliament. The coalition thus may elect a speaker and a prime minister with 51 votes, but not a president, which requires 61 votes at least.