“You don’t need enemies with such friends,” the country’s president commented on the candidate from ACUM bloc Andrei Nastase’s behavior within the election campaign.
The head of state recalled that the parties which are part of the parliamentary coalition signed a non-aggression agreement, because attacks at the local level can undermine the ruling coalition and lead to the collapse of the government. Despite this, Nastase continues to attack, and every day these attacks are becoming stronger.
I wonder why? Perhaps this is being done in order to destroy the coalition? Perhaps someone does not like Maia Sandu as a prime minister and her political benefits, and that someone is trying to destroy the coalition in this way? Otherwise, what’s the point? After all, the elections will end, and regardless of the winner, it is necessary to sit down and talk,” said Dodon.
The President also notes that for the first time, the new mayor may have massive supportfrom the Chisinau Municipal Council, 41 out of 51 advisers, if the PSRM and the ACUM create the coalition at the level of the Chisinau Municipal Council. “Why, then, burn bridges today,?” Dodon asks.
“The only explanation is that someone wants the collapse of Sandu’s government. Who is interested in it? I have no such interest; our candidate does not attack him. But others attack our candidate, and do it persistently. So they want the government to resign,” he added.
“After the election, the coalition will have a serious discussion. We will not sit down at the same table with some of them.”
There are three issues, which the fate of coalition ruling in Moldova depends on: the behavior of some ACUM representatives, the ineffective work of some ministries and the reluctance to implement the social initiatives proposed by the president and the PSRM, which were agreed upon when creating the parliamentary majority.
The head of state said that citizens across the country are perplexed why criticism of the head of state and the pro-presidential PSRM is constantly heard from some partners in the coalition.
“Behavior is the first problem for further maintaining the coalition. We will draw a peculiar line after the election. I don’t want it now, because the elections are on. But after the election, there’s got to be a very serious discussion. We will no longer sit at the same table with some people. I can say for sure”, he said.
The second important point, according to the head of state, is the inefficiency of some ministries. The President and the PSRM intend to demand a “restart” in this regard, as Dodon said. The third point is the social initiatives put forward by the president and the Socialist Party the government does not want to support.
“In both agreements signed between PSRM and ACUM, one of which I also signed, there is a point on indexing pensions twice a year – this is my bill that I presented and which was passed on its first reading. I note that everyone’s signature is to this – both in the agreement that we signed on June 8 and the one we signed in September. And now the government says that it does not want to support it – allegedly they are not allowed to do this by external partners, although we talked about it with them, and external partners agree. We will insist on supporting social bills. If we do not come to an understanding, it will be difficult to get on together,” he added.
Igor Dodon also once again noted that he would do his best to preserve the coalition, but, “when you are treated as mud,when we see that work in some ministries is not going on, when you propose something that you agreed on, social reforms,what should a pro-presidential party do? Going on blindly?”
“But I want to emphasize once again that I would like this parliamentary majority and Maia Sandu’s government to last as long as possible,” he summed up.
In 25 districts there is already an agreement on the creation of PSRM – ACUM majority
If the part of the ACUM bloc, the Dignity and Truth Platform, does not want to create a majority with socialists in the Chisinau Municipal Council, socialists can create this majority only with The Party of Action and Solidarity. At the same time, a preliminary agreement at the local level has already been reached in 25 districts across the country on creating a coalition between PSRM and ACUM.
– At the local level, in 20-25 districts there is a fundamental agreement on creating a majority in the district councils and on electing either the representative of the PSRM or the representative of the ACUM bloc as a chairperson. I think that in the coming days, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, meetings will be held and chairpersons will be elected in some districts. I think this is right. I suggested so that what was at the central level the same to be at the local level too,” he said.
It is worth noting that the day after the first round, October 20, the leader of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova Zinaida Greceanîi made an official invitation to the ACUM bloc to create a majority at the local level.
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