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Moldova opposition protests against presidential election

March 19, 2012, 20:30 UTC+3
Timofti, 63, has for many years occupied senior positions in the country’s judicial system
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CHISINAU, March 19 (Itar-Tass) — In Moldova, the opposition Communist Party on Monday filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court protesting against the legitimacy of the election of Nicolae Timofti as the republic’s president. Member of the parliament’s largest Communist faction Artur Re·etnicov told journalists that in their appeal they asked to declare unconstitutional three decisions of the parliament: the appointment of the presidential election date on March 16, on the establishment of a special commission for their conduct, as well as the election of Timofti himself.

“The judges should declare unconstitutional the election, as the current parliament is illegal since January 15, this year and should be disbanded. This is explained by the fact that its members working for a year failed to elect the head of state,” Artur Re·etnicov said.

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court that has already received from parliament a package of documents relating to the conduct of the presidential election, on Monday started to discuss the issue of their recognition. By law, the judges must declare their decision on the issue within three days. If the decision is positive, Timofti will take an oath and will be able to assume the presidency.

The Moldovan parliament has been for nearly three years unable to elect a president for whom 61 out of 101 lawmakers are required to vote. During this time, the functions of the acting head of state were temporarily performed by speakers of different parliaments: Mihai Ghimpu and then Marian Lupu. The compromise candidature of Chairman of the Superior Council of Magistrates of the republic Nicolae Timofti, who was nomiated by the ruling coalition Alliance for European Integration, made it possible to overcome the protracted political crisis. In a secret ballot, he was supported by 62 out of 101 members of parliament. The Communists, who control the remaining 39 seats, boycotted the parliamentary election and insist on holding early parliamentary elections.

Timofti has already told reporters that he “supports the pro-European course of the ruling coalition, and his first visit will be paid to Brussels.” He also called for overcoming the political crisis, promising that he would be “a good mediator between the branches of government, in the society and in parliament.” “I hope the opposition will come to the conclusion that problems should be resolved peacefully,” the presidential candidate stressed.

Timofti, 63, has for many years occupied senior positions in the country’s judicial system. In 2010, he was elected Chairman of the Superior Council of Magistrates - a body of state authority, which is engaged in the selection of candidates for judges and prosecutors and exercises disciplinary control over them.


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