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CHISINAU, October 15 (Itar-Tass) —— In Moldova's ruling coalition a conflict has flared up - acting President Marian Lupu on Friday refused to comply with Prime Minister Vlad Filat’s demand for dismissing the prosecutor-general.
"The prosecutor-general and other officials cannot not be dismissed as simply as that. On my part it would be a display of complete disregard for the rule of law," said Lupu. He explained that the prosecutor-general by law may be prematurely dismissed from office by the Parliament at the request of the Speaker or of his own accord.
On Thursday Filat demanded that the parliament should dismiss the prosecutor general and a number of security and law enforcement officials, who, he said, failed to resist the raidership attacks on banks in Moldova.
"If Lupu does not initiate the resignation of these officials, we will dismiss him," said the prime minister. On Thursday, the Moldovan parliament at the request of Filat sacked the head of the Moldovan secret services, Mihai Gheorghe. The resignation had been voted for by the coalition of the Liberal Democrats, led by the prime minister, and the oppositional Communist Party. In response, Lupu accused the prime minister of ruining the ruling coalition.
"It's a betrayal. The Liberal Democrats have destroyed the ruling pro-European alliance," said Lupu, who heads the coalition’s Democratic Party. He also said that he would not meet with the prime minister, who had invited the leaders of the ruling coalition on Monday to hold a meeting to discuss the situation.
The parliament of Moldova has for two years been unable to overcome the protracted political crisis: the legislators are unable to elect the president, who must get support from 61 of the 101 legislators. After a series of early elections the Communists, who had ruled the country for eight years, found themselves in opposition with 42 mandates. The remaining 59 are shared by the pro-European coalition, which was formed by the Liberal Democrats, the Democrats and the Liberals, who received 32, 15 and 12 seats respectively.