The general election held on 24 February saw the centre-right and pro-European ACUM coalition achieving a strong result coming second with 26% of the vote. This was achieved despite a determined effort by the governing Democratic Party to marginalise them. The pro-Russian Socialist Party of Moldova came in first but their 31.4% share of the … Continue reading Moldova: General Election Sees Strong Result by Centre-Right Opposition Despite Campaign Marked by Smears and Irregularities
On 26 August the National Resistance Movement, a coalition of pro-European opposition parties, was gathered over 20,000 of its supporters in the Moldovan capital Chisinau for a major anti government protest. They were able to achieve this in spite of the fact that the government had deployed a series of techniques designed to discredit the … Continue reading Moldova: Opposition Succeeds in Staging Mass Protest Rally in Spite of Government Spoiling Tactics
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