Marian Lupu will be only runner in rerun presidential race

Only one candidate will be registered as runner in the second round of the presidential elections set for December 7.
Info-Prim Neo, 4 December 2009, 11:09

The leader of the Democratic Party (PDM) Marian Lupu, the presidential candidate of the Alliance for European Integration, is the only candidate who submitted the documents to the special commission for the election of the head of state by the December 3 deadline, the commission's head Ion Plesca told Info-Prim Neo.

The necessary set of documents was lodged with the commission on December 3 in the evening. Ion Plesca said the commission will come together on December 4 to register Marian Lupu as a candidate.

Lupu is backed by more than 20 members of the Alliance. The PDM's president of honor Dumitru Diacov said earlier that he wanted at least several Communist MPs to support Lupu's candidacy as well. "As far as I know, they did not want to put their signatures as they do not want to anticipate the discussions at the plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the PCRM," Diacov said.

The parliamentary group of the Communists Party did not field a presidential candidate and did not take part in the first round of the presidential elections on November 10. According to politicians and analysts, a part of the Communist MPs consider the early elections inevitable, while others hope to find a compromise by December 7.

"The polls say 60% of the population want the head of state to be elected and do not want early elections. I have never heard arguments that Lupu is not fit for the post of President.

"If the Communists do not vote again, they will provoke early elections and there is no grantee that the situation will not repeat. There is always a risk that two-three votes will not be enough for voting the head of state in. Why should we then play such games?" Diacov asked rhetorically.

In the first attempt on November 10, Marian Lupu did not gain the necessary number of votes. Only the 53 members of the parliamentary coalition voted in favor of him. Under the legislation, the President of Moldova is elected by 3/5 of MPs. Thus, Marian Lupu needs eight more votes from the Communist Opposition.