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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Transnistrian speaker steps down over disagreements with Igor Smirnov

The speaker of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan republic, Yevgeny Shevchuk, addressed MPs today to announce his resignation.
INFOTAG, 8 July 2009, 18:58


Tiraspol, July 8 ( INFOTAG ). The press service of the Transnistrian parliament has published a wordy statement by the speaker, which basically said that his resignation was prompted by categorical disagreement with the policy of Transnistrian president Igor Smirnov and his close allies.

"Today the Transnistrian Moldovan republic is being corroded by corruption, clannishness and nepotism. It has become a tradition that the suggestions put forward by professionals are secondary. The main principle of building the governance system is the principle of individual loyalty to a person, not loyalty to the entrusted duty", Shevchuk said in his statement.

"And what is most important is that the Transnistrian region has been falling from the so-called 'self-sufficiency' to mass poverty which is a threat both to every Transnistrian citizen and to the state itself," Shevchuk said.

He predicted that the Transnistrian region would face serious economic difficulties in 2009-10: "We make increasingly more debts, and we live in debt. Yes, to a great extent, these difficulties are objective, connected to external factors, but we cannot fail to admit that we have many internal systematic problems."

Shevchuk said that in these conditions the lawmakers initiated discussions on reducing the number of officials, minimizing rampant paid services and introducing elements of officials' responsibility for their entrusted duties.

"And we all witnessed how those close to the president, just like after an attack command, started making open anti-constitutional calls, trying to persuade Transnistrian citizens that they represent the whole nation", Shevchuk said.

"Today, when our most important task is to provide people with jobs and protect the weak amid the negligence or possibly participation of Transnistrian officials, an impulse was given to stir up political intolerance, which was both destructive and potentially resulting in cruel persecution, as well as immoral. The Transnistrian people told us that in this situation they were literally forced to attend the so-called public gatherings aimed at obstructing the Supreme Council (parliament), in which presidential aides were directly involved", Shevchuk said.

Infotag's note: Shevchuk, 51, has been a deputy in the Transnistrian parliament since 2000. In 2005 he was elected speaker. Before being elected deputy he worked in various commercial structures and in the Interior Ministry. He heads the Renewal Party which holds the largest number seats in the Transnistrian parliament. Although Shevchuk has not been nominated for the post of president, he is considered to be one of the favorites for this post. The next presidential election will take place in Transnistria at the end of 2010.

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