Constitutional Court says Moldova President can be temporarily suspended

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 23.10.2017 10:22

On October 17, Moldova’s Constitutional Court decided that Dodon violated the Constitution by refusing, for the second time in a row, to confirm the candidacy proposed by the government for the Ministry of Defence vacancy. In response, the President has already stated that he does not recognize the decision, thus sparking a constitutional crisis.

After a complaint filed at the Constitutional Court by the Government, the former decided that not only the president violated article 98 of the Constitution by refusing twice to accept the candidacy proposed by the Prime Minister, but his inability to swear-in a minister meant that he is "temporarily incapable of performing his constitutional obligations”, which will be taken over by the Speaker of the Parliament. In response, Dodon stated that he will not recognise the Court’s decision, and issued a series of threats against the judges. Although Moldova is a parliamentary republic, Dodon was elected through popular vote, which raises the question whether he can be suspended even temporarily, by the Parliament. While this decision favours Moldova’s pro-European government, it could spark tensions due to the deep East-West divisions in a country threatened by separatist tendencies, and with Russian troops occupying the breakaway region of Transnistria.

 

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