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.
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.
Vlad Plahotniuc (born 1966) is the current leader of the Democratic Party, and is also Moldova’s preeminent businessman and media owner. His career is illustrative of the relationship between money and power in former Soviet countries, and the dangers of institutional take-over in countries where state structures remain weak. A Communist Businessman: Vlad Plahotniuc forged … Continue reading Moldova: Key Personality Profile – Vlad Plahotniuc