Moldova’s prime min­is­ter an­nounces his res­ig­na­tion over ‘fake di­ploma’ af­fair

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Moldovan Prime Min­is­ter Chiril Gaburici an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion on Fri­day, just four months into the job, af­ter be­ing ac­cused of fak­ing his ed­u­ca­tion cre­den­tials.

“I have de­cided to an­nounce my res­ig­na­tion. I can’t stay in this po­si­tion any longer,” Gaburici said in a state­ment posted on the gov­ern­ment’s web­site.

“I am not a politi­cian, I am a manager. I don’t want to to take part in po­lit­i­cal games,” the 38-year-old pre­mier added.

Gaburici, who was ques­tioned by pros­e­cu­tors on Thurs­day over al­le­ga­tions he faked his high school di­ploma, said he hoped his step­ping down would take the po­lit­i­cal fo­cus off him and help en­sure sta­bil­ity.

“I don’t want the ques­tion of my ed­u­ca­tion to be­come a topic of na­tional im­por­tance,” he said.

Gaburici took of­fice on Fe­bru­ary 18 af­ter his Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party man­aged to form a coali­tion with other pro-Euro­pean par­ties af­ter Novem­ber elec­tions.

Be­fore that he worked at telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies Mold­cell and Az­er­cell.

Moldova, a for­mer Soviet state of 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple that lies be­tween Ukraine and Ro­ma­nia, is one of Europe’s poor­est coun­tries.

Last year, the gov­ern­ment signed a his­toric EU as­so­ci­a­tion agree­ment de­spite pres­sure from its for­mer Soviet mas­ter Moscow.

Moscow slapped the largely agri­cul­tural coun­try with a ban on its fruit im­ports in ap­par­ent re­tal­i­a­tion for its shift to­wards the West.

Rus­sia main­tains thou­sands of troops in Moldova’s break­away re­gion of Trans­d­niestr, and has for years pro­vided money to prop up the im­pov­er­ished re­gion of 500,000 peo­ple, which is home to some 180,000 Rus­sian na­tion­als.

Lo­cal elec­tions are set to be held on June 14, af­ter which a new par­lia­men­tary coali­tion is likely to be formed.

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