The Washington Post
President suspended; snap election called
A Moldovan court temporarily relieved President Igor Dodon of his duties Sunday to allow a stand-in to call a snap election, deepening a standoff between rival political parties over the formation of a new government after months of deadlock.
Dodon’s replacement, former prime minister Pavel Filip, immediately announced a snap election for September, while thousands of supporters of Filip’s party rallied in the capital, Chisinau.
The crisis threatens more instability in the country of
3.5 million, one of Europe’s smallest and poorest, where entrenched corruption and low living standards have pushed many to emigrate to Russia or wealthier European countries.
Dodon’s Russian-backed Socialist party announced Saturday that it would form a coalition government with the pro-European Union ACUM bloc, an alliance designed to keep a party run by tycoon Vladimir Plahotniuc out of power.
Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party of Moldova said the new administration had tried to usurp power at Russia’s behest, criticizing Dodon’s refusal to dissolve parliament after parties missed a court-mandated June 7 deadline to form a government.
More than 10,000 of Plahotniuc and Filip’s party supporters held a protest, demanding Dodon’s resignation.