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Pres­i­dent sus­pended; snap elec­tion called

- European Politics · Politics · Europe · Russia · Russian Empire · European Union · Moldova · Igor Dodon · Chisinau · Democratic Party of Moldova

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.

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