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2020 has sorely challenged Moldovan citizens with the ongoing pandemic pushing the society to adapt to the upcoming tendencies. The 2020 being an electoral year provided certain optimism for Moldova and its foreign partners with the newly elected president Maia Sandu who stands for the European development vector.
November in the Republic of Moldova was marked by the end of the presidential elections saga. A candidate from the Action and Solidarity Party, Maia Sandu came as a winner.
In the Republic of Moldova, October was marked, first of all, by the expectation of the presidential elections scheduled for November 1, as well as by the official start of the pre-election race, while the rest of the news feeds faded into the background or were used for the candidates’ PR activities.
While Moldovan authorities seem to convey an ‘all is going well, despite the hard times’ message across policies, public statements and official activity, the country is not particularly stable or successful when it comes to the pandemic, political and governance processes.
August was full of political and social events; some of them have shattered the 29th anniversary of Moldova’s independence on August 27.
As Moldovan struggle to overcome pandemic continues both in healthcare and economy, political situation heats up in the face of upcoming elections.
June is already becoming a symbolic month for Moldovan politics. The country witnessed its first full year since the collapse of Vladimir Plahotniuc’s regime and the withdrawal of the Democratic Party from power.
Last month the Moldovan society witnessed a series of controversial movements on behalf of the decision makers that left many open questions and debates inside the country and beyond.
In April, the main priority of the Moldovan authorities and society has been the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to limit its economic and social implications.
The political situation in Moldova resembles going round in circles.
The 2019 local elections in the Republic of Moldova are not simply local elections. They are not about the regions, cities, or the villages of the country, or about identifying the most competent public administration. It is power and political implications that are at stake.
Moldova’s current leadership celebrated its 100th day in power in September. This milestone is symbolic since both the parliament and the government are moving forward with their main priorities: reforming the justice sector, consolidating state institutions, resuming financial and political assistance from or cooperation with foreign partners, and delegitimizing the predecessors.
The temporary coalition between the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) and ACUM bloc is a compromise decision, the overthrow of the oligarch regime being its main result.
(Українська) Лето стало испытательным периодом для нового коалиционного правительства во главе с М. Санду. Перед новой властью стоят отнюдь непростые, многоплановые задачи, решение которых требует политической мудрости, зрелости и взвешенности подходов.
The intriguing results of parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova will most likely lead to a coalition between the Democratic party and the party of Socialists. The tactical goals of democrats will be achieved, and Moldovan politics will go back to square one.
The way out of the Moldovan domestic politics’ impasse, formed after the parliamentary elections, has not yet been found. The stalemate affects both the economics and the country’s foreign policy.
The political situation in Moldova has been slowly getting back on track after the February elections. President Igor Dodon met with the leaders of the parliamentary parties to discuss the possibility of establishing parliamentary majority.
The 2019 parliamentary election in the Republic of Moldova was the first vote under the mixed system in the country’s history. Will this eliminate systemic flaws in electoral processes? Will this help the key stakeholders of Moldova’s political landscape to find compromise, or will it bring more conflict into the system of governance? Will this system ?not? create favorable conditions for turning Moldova’s foreign policy towards rapprochement with Russia?
he most long-awaited February development in the Republic of Moldova was undoubtedly the day of parliamentary elections. Many hopes were invested, but the new parallel voting system turned out to be a disappointment. A fog of uncertainty is covering Moldovan politics and the main haunting question now is ‘what’s next’?
Even though it is still winter outside, the degree of political heat in the Republic of Moldova is getting higher and higher. On January 25 Moldova saw the start of the race for parliamentary elections set for February 24, 2019
(Українська) Вместе с подготовкой к зимним праздникам в Молдове вовсю идет и подготовка к парламентским выборам, назначенным на 24 февраля. Был сформирован проевропейский и антиолигархический блок «АКУМ» («Сейчас»).
Judging by November’s main developments, the parliamentary elections set to take place on February 24, 2019 in the Republic of Moldova represent a true Rubicon both to local authorities and European partners.
The closer it gets to Moldova’s parliamentary elections February 24, 2019, the more brutal Moldova’s policies become, and more primitive the means used to enforce them
Questions regarding the irreversibility of the Moldovan European path re-emerged in spite of the constant statements from the ruling coalition that Moldova will remain committed to the implementation of the provisions under the Association Agreement.
The celebration of Moldova’s Independence Day was shaded by a series of manifestations
The current political crisis confirms the continuous increase of the autocracy level in Moldova and suggests serious drawbacks in the initiated reforms.
The central point of the new National Defense Strategy is the neutrality status enshrined in the constitution of the Republic of Moldova
During the first half of 2018, the Republic of Moldova consistently lowered its democracy level by undermining fundamental human rights and violating the rule of law.
On 19, November referendum on dismissing the Chisinau mayor (primar) was initiated by the Socialist party.
The defence sector was a low priority in the political competition as it provided little political, economic and reputational incentives
Appointing new minister of Defense, Eugen Sturza, triggered battles between the President and the Speaker of the Parliament
The Moldovan military, in spite of the President’s ban, took part in the Rapid Trident exercises within the framework of the NATO Partnership for Peace program in Ukraine
(Українська) Одним из самых важных событий на внутриполитической арене Молдовы за последние два месяца стало принятие закона о смешанной избирательной системе
The most important development on the domestic level is the reform of the Republic of Moldova’s electoral system
The new possibilities for the cooperation with the EU, on the one hand, and the Russian influence that is always present in this part of the world, on the other hand, were the main issues of the round table
The President of Moldova Igor Dodon is the only foreign head of the state who participated in the military parade in Moscow
Moldova: Internal political debates, ambivalent economic decisions and ambiguous foreign policy against background of natural disasters05/2017
The economic situation was considerably worsened by the abnormal snowfalls in April
Debates around the changes to electoral system were the most important development in Moldova’s domestic policy.
Despite the efforts made by the government to create the impression of stability in the country, Moldova remains highly divided politically and economically weak.
Electing Dodon has called into question whether Moldova will continue its pro-Western path or it will look more towards Russia
The first top-level meeting on the territory of Transnistria took place right before President’s trip to Moscow
Moldova faced loss of trust as well as reassessment of relations with foreign development partners