Moldova’s president is suspended, Defence Minister sworn-in

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 25.10.2017 14:25

On Tuesday 24 October, Moldova’s new Minister of Defence Eugen Sturza was sworn in by the parliament speaker, Adrian Candu, who is acting as interim president after the Constitutional Court ruled last week that the country’s pro-Russian head of state Igor Dodon can be temporarily suspended for refusing to confirm the government’s nomination.

This latest development shows Moldova’s pro-Western course, as well as its cooperation with NATO, which Dodon adamantly opposes. While Dodon’s previous refusals to confirm Surza are unconstitutional according to the court’s ruling, he is still Moldova’s Commander in Chief and, moreover, was elected through the popular vote which allows him to claim his authority and legitimacy directly from the people. Accordingly, Dodon has already stated that he recognizes neither the court’s decision, nor the subsequent appointment of Sturza. Moreover, he has issued a number of threats against the judges and the current government, vowing to transform Moldova into a presidential republic either through referendum or following the 2018 parliamentary elections in which his Socialist Party is set to perform well.

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