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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises

Ion PREAŞCĂ

20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Communist Party approves list of candidates for Parliament...

The Plenum of the Central Committee of the Moldovan Communist Party (MCP) today approved the MCP list of candidates for Parliament.
INFOTAG, 4 February 2009, 18:20

Chisinau, February 4 ( INFOTAG ).  The list of 103 is headed by party chairman, President of the Republic of Moldova Vladimir Voronin.

Journalists failed to learn any other details of the Plenum, for it was held in an atmosphere of top secrecy, with doors firmly shut to the media.

The MCP list will be submitted to the Central Election Commission on Thursday morning, when the CEC will start accepting applications and other documents from parties and independent candidates wishing to stand for Parliament.

Later on Wednesday, however, a Plenum participant lifted the veil of secrecy a little bit, saying only that the meeting was remarkable for a heated debate on both the list and on the MCP Election Program contents. The debate lasted nearly 5 hours instead of projected 2. Due to that reason, the beginning of an ordinary weekly meeting of the Moldovan Government had to be put off for several hours.

...AND REJECTS MEDIA REPORTS THAT PRESIDENT HAS NAMED HIS SUCCESSOR

Chisinau, February 4 ( INFOTAG ). The ruling Moldovan Communist Party has rejected Russian media reports according to which President Vladimir Voronin has reportedly unveiled the name of his successor in the presidential post. The Russian media said that Voronin's successor will be Moldova's former ambassador to Russia and currently the chairman of the parliamentary committee for legal issues, petitions, appointments and immunity, Vladimir Turcanu.

"This information is not true. Moldova is a parliamentary republic in which the president is elected by parliament. Therefore, it is senseless to name or discuss a candidate. The Communist Party will consider this issue only after achieving a landslide victory in the April 5 parliamentary election", an MCP representative told Infotag.

He recalled that President Voronin had been repeatedly asked about his successor, but has never given any names.

During a TV program last week, Voronin confirmed that "there is a candidate".

"Of course, I examine possible candidates and I think about this. Moreover, I am training this person. But for the time being even he does not know about this. And I will not unveil his name under any circumstances. Knowing the behaviour of Moldovan politicians, the name of this person, if I give it, will be dragged through the mud. Or, on the contrary, he will be praised to the skies and spoiled yet before the election. Neither the first nor the second variant is admissible. Everything in its own time," Voronin said in the TV interview, adding, "First it is necessary to win the election in order to get the right to form the government and elect the president".

Infotag's note: For the election of the Moldovan president, a party needs two-thirds of 101 parliamentary votes. The government is approved with 50 plus one votes.



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