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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises

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20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Premier suggests solutions for ensuring political stability

Prime Minister Vlad Filat submitted a set of proposals for making governance more efficient and ensuring political stability, including solutions for electing the head of state, to the colleagues from the Alliance for European Integration. He says there are two real ways to elect the President of Moldova – identify a suitable candidate accepted by all the parties, and amend the Constitution so that it allows electing the head of state by popular vote.
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"All the parliamentary parties should have a constructive dialogue so as to identify a candidate for the presidency. As things stand now, it seems that only a certain person can become head of state, a certain person can become Head of Parliament and a certain person can become Prime Minister. But this is not right. There are enough persons in Moldova who can work successfully in these posts," said Vlad Filat.

Another solution is for all the parliamentary groups to agree to amend the Constitution so that it allows for the election of the President by popular vote. "As Parliament cannot find a solution to elect the head of state, this proposal is appropriate" said Vlad Filat.

He also said that these proposals cannot be regarded as re-formation of the ruling alliance as they represent in fact methods of ensuring stability and efficient governance in the country.

As to the reform process, Vlad Filat said the Government now does not have the full support of the parties of the Alliance for European Integration (AEI). According to the Premier, the Government cannot continue to take decisions that will be criticized by Parliament or the parties.

The Premier announced he will create a National Committee for Reform that will include all the members of the Government and representatives of civil society. The committee will monitor how the reforms are implemented and will formulate recommendations concerning the implementation process. There will be also set up an Economic Council under the Premier. It will consist of representatives of the business community, important persons and personalities from the economic sector from abroad.

Vlad Filat also suggested that the member parties of the AEI should assess the work done by the institution heads designated by them and take a decision within the alliance on the basis of these assessments. "As Prime Minister, I will present an appraisal of the Cabinet's work and my reshuffle proposals that will apply not only to ministers, but also to managers of institutions of the central public administration. These proposals are aimed at making the Government's activity more efficient and at stimulating the implementation of reforms," he stated.

The Premier proposed adopting a law on ministerial responsibility whereby every member of the Cabinet will be made responsible for the work done by them. "I will suggest amending the law on the Government so as to remove the presidium, which turned out to be a bureaucratic and useless instrument. I will make sure that the decision making mechanisms in the Government's meetings are adopted democratically," Vlad Filat said.

He stressed he will not accept to work with ministers who do not fulfill their duties and focus on criticizing the colleagues from the Government rather than on work. "The coming period will be a real test of political maturity, civil responsibility and devotion to the interests of the people and the country. We will see who manages to pass it. At the end of this period, we will be able to draw conclusions as regards the further development. If we act consistently, the alliance has a future. If not, everyone will have to assume a part of the blame. Voters will judge us in the end. I take this opportunity to reiterate my firm commitment to continue acting in accordance with the people's interests," said Vlad Filat.

The Premier's public address was preceded by a week of consultations with society.

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