Moldova: court ousted president, early parliamentary elections scheduled

‘The people want snap parliamentary elections,’ Moldovan president-elect Maia Sandu tells Euronews

Moldova: court ousted president, early parliamentary elections scheduled

US calls on all sides to restraint

Moldova plunged deeper into a political crisis after the country’s Constitutional Court ousted pro-Russian President Igor Dodon from power, claiming he was unable to form a new government after months of political deadlock..

Court appointed former Prime Minister Pavel Filip as interim president on Sunday.

Philip immediately dissolved parliament and called for early elections on September 6, while thousands of his supporters gathered in Chisinau for a rally.

Dodona’s Socialist Party said on Saturday that it was forming a coalition government, but the court ruled that this was done a day after the 90-day deadline for forming a new government expired..

The coalition rejected this decision, stating that the specified time limit was three months, not 90 days..

Dodon accused the court of bias in favor of the Democratic Party of Moldova, led by Philip, and called on the international community to intervene.

“In this situation, we have no other choice but to appeal to the international community to become mediators in the process of a peaceful transfer of power and / or to call on the people of Moldova to unprecedented mobilization and peaceful protests,” Dodon said in a statement.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Washington “calls on all parties in Moldova to show restraint and agree on a way forward through political dialogue.”.

“The February 24 parliamentary elections were competitive and respected fundamental rights,” she said Sunday. “The will of the Moldovan people expressed in these elections must be respected without any interference”.

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