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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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Democrats accusing communist authorities of using Russian factor for electoral goals...

The incumbent Moldovan Communist authorities are seeking to use the Russian factor in their electoral interests so as to enlist the support of Russian-speaker voters, Democratic Party leader MP Dumitru Diacov stated at a news conference today.
INFOTAG, 26 February 2009, 19:41

Chisinau, February 26 ( INFOTAG ). He referred to the latest example - the February 23-24 visit of Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov to Chisinau. Diacov is convinced a visit paid about a month before elections can be perceived only as a pre-election enterprise, for "nobody negotiates strategic issues with a government that may cease to exist in one month's time or so".

In his opinion, yet another electioneering step was made on the following day after Lavrov's departure - the loud announcement that President Vladimir Voronin would pay a visit to Moscow prior to the April 5 elections.

"We presume this visit will take place a week before the election day. But we cannot understand what can one discuss with a lame duck?", wondered the Democratic Party leader.

He voiced an utter concern and discontent that Russian journalist Alexei Venediktov of the Echo of Moscow radio, who accompanied Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Chisinau, organized a news conference here and hinted at it that it would be good for Moscow if the Moldovan Communists remain in power.

Diacov called Venediktov and another Moscow journalist, Vladimir Solovyov of the NTV channel who canvassed to vote for the Communists a month ago, "political gastarbeiters who come to Moldova to earn a extra dollar".

Dumitru Diacov presumes the ruling Communist Party may well be using the Russian factor only for its electoral purposes and may subsequently deceive Russia once again, and Moldovan exporters may again fall victims to such political fluctuations of the ruling party.

First Deputy Chairman of the Democratic Party MP Oleg Serebrean stated Lavrov's flying visit resembled the trips made before the 2005 parliamentary elections by Romanian President Traian Basescu and Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili. Serebrean is convinced those memorable visits were also arranged in support of the Communists.


 

...AND CLAIM AMBASSADOR TO PRAGUE IS CANVASSING FOR COMMUNISTS

Chisinau, February 26 ( INFOTAG ). Democratic Party leaders are maintaining the Moldovan Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Valerian Cristea, has come home specially to canvass in favor of the Communist Party (MCP).

DP First Deputy Chairman MP Oleg Serebrean stated at the news conference today he was an eye-witness to a remarkable public event that took place in the Chitcanii Vechi village in the Telenesti raion, where the ambassador first told local peasants about their Czech colleagues' work experience and then started calling the listeners to vote for the Communist Party.

Serebrean presumes that even if the diplomat is on an official leave, he has no right to go in for electioneering because ambassadors must stay outside politics. He presumes Mr. Cristea would be much more useful precisely in Prague, not in a Moldovan village, and should use every day of the Czech presidency of the EU to thus do good to Moldova's European integration efforts.

The parliamentarian said he would place an inquiry with the Central Election Commission on this issue, and would ask Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Stratan about "what your ambassadors actually do?"

Serebrean is not at all sure that the April 5 voting, to be organized at Moldovan embassies abroad, will be honest.



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