20 April 2019

Gheorghe Russu

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

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


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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Quorum not present, CMC meeting adjourned

The meeting of the Chisinau Municipal Council (CMC) scheduled for Friday at the suggestion of a group of councilors did not take place as the quorum was not present.
Info-Prim Neo, 22 May 2009, 18:10

2009-05-22/13:29/ Chisinau (IPN) The councilors that entered the Parliament were to announce if they keep the seats of MP or the post of municipal councilor, Info-Prim Neo reports.

“The decisions included in the agenda are very important. The fact that the councilors of the Communist Party (PCRM) and of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (PPCD) did not come to the meeting shows that they do not care about people’ problems,” said Ion Ciobanu, councilor representing the Liberal Party (PL).

The leader of the PL faction Corina Fusu described the absence of a part of councilors as “boycott of the CMC”. “Today, it is the last day when the councilors that are also MPs can vote. The councilors on behalf of the PCRM and PPCD did not come intentionally,” Fusu sa id.

Several councilors asked the secretariat to contact representatives of the absent factions. The CMC secretary Valeriu Didencu informed that the leader of the PCRM faction Svetlana Popa said her faction decided not take part in the meeting, while the mobile phone of the leader of the PPCD faction Alexandru Corduneanu was closed.

The date of a new CMC meeting will be fixed later.


2009-05-22/13:29/ Loretta Handrabura joins PLDM

Chisinau (IPN) Nonaffiliated municipal councilor Loretta Handrabura, who had been vice president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) until March 2009, announced Friday that she joined the faction of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLDM) in the Chisinau Municipal Council (CMC), Info-Prim Neo reports.

“Given the inherent format changes that took place after the legislative elections, I decided to join the faction of the PLDM from today. I identify myself with this young and professional team with political verticality that had and I’m sure will have a distinct voice in the CMC in the new format and that proved during only two years that it can solve many problems in a short period of time,” Loretta Handrabura said, while waiting for the municipal councilors to come together for a meeting.

“The fact that a part of the councilors are absent today shows once again that we, those that indeed associate ourselves with true democracy, m ust join forces,” she added, being applauded in the end by the councilors present in the assembly hall.

Handrabura also said that the next step will definitely be the joining of the PLDM so that she becomes a fully-fledged member.

The former vice president and councilor of the PSD in March announced that she left the party because she did not support its views anymore.

2009-05-22/15:56/ Municipal councilors that entered Parliament choose MP seats

Chisinau (IPN) Five Chisinau councilors that entered the Parliament on the lists of the Liberal Party (PL) and the Liberal Democratic Party (PLDM) after the April 5 legislative elections picked the seats of MP. Today is the last day when the MPs that hold a post that is incompatible with the post of MP must decide what post they choose, Info-Prim Neo reports.

The first vice president of the PLDM Alexandru Tanase, who was the leader of the Liberal-Democratic faction in the Chisinau Municipal Council (CMC) until recently, said that he decided to be MP and give up advocacy as well. “I wish the councilors success and patience so that they effectively carry out the plans initiated in the CMC,” Tanase said.

Ghenadie Dumanschi is the new leader of the PLDM faction in the CMC. He will also act as chairman of the Council’s Legal Commission instead of Tanase.

“The PL aims to remove the Communists from power. Therefore, we need a supreme, democratic power. For a certain period, the CMC did not work. The Mayor General of Chisinau also did not have working conditions. I chose to be MP in order to continue the fight against poverty and to contribute to Moldova’s European integration,” the PL president Mihai Ghimpu said.

“We consider that we must have early elections. We can achieve this only if we work in the Parliament,” said Corina Fusu, vice president of the PL and former leader of the party’s faction in the CMC.

Councilor Gheorghe Brega will also be MP because the party decided so. Yet, he said he feels better in the Council, where the law is respected to a great extent. “There (in the Parliament – e.n.), we had three meetings, where there were committed about 30 violations,” Brega said.

The Liberal MP Vadim Cojocaru argued that his party struggles to enter the Parliament and if the people voted for the PL they must resp ect their decision.

Mayor General Dorin Chirtoaca and deputy mayor Nistor Grozavu, who also won seats of MP, announced they remain at the City Hall. The head of Buiucani district Valeriu Nemerenco and the head of the Council’s Health Division Mihai Moldovanu said they will decide by the end of the day.

The departing municipal councilors will be replaced by the persons that come next on the lists.

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