The victory by Andrei Nastase, the centre-right opposition candidate, in the recent elections for Mayor of Chisinau was invalidated by a court decision on 19 June. His appeal against this ruling was rejected two days later. The opposition parties, who supported Nastase’s candidacy, have announced that they will hold daily rallies to protest against this decision. The stage is now set for a major trial of strength between the government, which controls the state institutions, and the opposition who are determined to defend their election victory.
The battle between the centre-right President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and the leftist government headed by Liviu Dragnea over control of the country’s legal and judicial institutions has entered a new phase. This last weekend saw the Social Democrats seeking to strengthen their hand in the stand-off with Klaus Iohannis by bringing their supporters from across the country into Bucharest for a major rally. Romania is set to enter turbulent and uncharted waters over the weeks to come.
On 3 June Andrei Nastase, supported by a coalition of centre-right opposition parties, won a clear victory over Ion Ceban from the pro-Russian Socialist Party in the second round run-off of the election for Mayor of Chisinau.
On 25 May 2018 Marion Marechal Le Pen, the former National Front MP and niece of the party leader Marine le Pen, announced that she was changing her name. She would, she stated, from now on be called Marion Marechal.