Moldova gov­ern­ment dis­missed by MPs

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Moldova’s par­lia­ment has dis­missed the gov­ern­ment, fol­low­ing a no-con­fi­dence vote - a move which in­ten­si­fies the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal tur­moil.

Prime Min­is­ter Valeriu Strelet has been in of­fice for less than three months.

The vote, trig­gered by so­cial­ist and com­mu­nist op­po­si­tion MPs, fol­lowed months of big anti-cor­rup­tion protests.

Many Moldovans are fu­ri­ous over the dis­ap­pear­ance of more than $1bn from Moldovan banks. The pro­test­ers are de­mand­ing early elec­tions.

A former prime min­is­ter, Vlad Fi­lat, was de­tained this month over his al­leged in­volve­ment in the bank fraud - an al­le­ga­tion he de­nies.

The no-con­fi­dence mo­tion was backed by 65 law­mak­ers in the 101-seat leg­is­la­ture.

Moldova is one of Europe’s poor­est coun­tries.

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