Moldovan protesters to form new political party

By bne IntelliNews September 14, 2015

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The civic platform Dignity and Truth (DA), which organised another big protest in the Moldovan capital Chisinau on September 13,  plans to form an interim government and establish a new political party to fight early elections that it is demanding be held.

The demands of the civic platform have been radical from the very beginning  – including the resignation of President Nicolae Timofte and of the whole government of Prime Minister Vladimir Strelet. However, on September 13 they ramped up a gear, revealing plans to form their own interim government and a new political party.

The resolution by the DA's National Assembly was long on ambition and short on detail on how it would achieve its plans. Unless the protests turn into something more dramatic, the DA platform has few instruments to pursue its goals. The DA's plans fail to explain how early elections would be organised if parliament refused to dissolve itself, as is likely.

The protestors and the Moldovan authorities have not communicated since the September 6 demonstration, and the intensity of the protests have so far not escalated. Yet the tent-city has survived its first week in the main square in the city. The attendance at the protests on September 13, while not as large as on September 6, has also became more politically diverse - representatives of pro-Romanian groups have been allowed to participate.

The Dignity and Truth civic platform – through its ad-hoc Great National Assembly formed at the September 6 demonstration in partnership with the protestors –  promised at first not to turn into a political party but instead to supervise the transparency of the system, and to prevent slippage towards oligarchy and corruption, and to secure voters’ rights.

However, officials of the civic platform candidating on the ticket of the newly formed party, or even leading a new party, would complicate the situation. Eventually, DA and the new party are likely to merge into one single entity.

”The new political movement and the government – both of them creations of the Great National Assembly – will be selected on the basis of integrity, professionalism and transparency, will be formed and checked by [non-government] projects such as 'Clean Moldova' and 'Clean Parliament' and by the mass media, which have demonstrated their professionalism,” the resolution drafted by the National Assembly read.

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