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Moldova’s trade unions, opposition to hold meetings of protest

May 01, 2012, 1:55 UTC+3
The National Confederation of Moldovan Trade Unions will hold a rally authorized by the government and a gala concert under the slogan of ‘Peace! Work! May!’
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CHISINAU, May 1 (Itar-Tass) – Several rallies are due to be held at one and the same time on the central square of Moldova’s capital Chisinau Tuesday, May 1, as the trade unions and workers organizations across the world mark the International Workers’ Day.

The National Confederation of Moldovan Trade Unions will hold a rally authorized by the government and a gala concert under the slogan of ‘Peace! Work! May!’.

The opposition Communist Party will hold an anti-government march waving the demand to dissolve parliament and to organize an early parliamentary election.

“On the Day of Workers’ Solidarity, all the events should be oriented at the working people but should be devoid of political connotations,” Prime Minister Vlad Filat said. “Political events can be organized on any other day.”

He said it at a government session that was attended by officials from the forces of law and order. According to the governmental press service, Filat issued an instruction to create every condition for holding a good feast.

Former President Vladimir Voronin, who stands at the head of the Communist Party, said dozens of thousands of supporters of the Communists will join the anti-governmental rally and people are expected to come to Chisinau from all the corners of the country.

“We’ve warned the authorities that any attempts to put up obstacles to us will trigger a symmetric response from civic society up a blocking of all the roads in the country,” he said.

He indicated that the Communists plan having a march along Chisinau’s main street and to hold ‘a civic congress’ on the central square where calls will be made for a resignation of the ruling Alianta pentru Integrare Europeana /Alliance for European Integration/.

The Communists are they largest political party in Moldova and they occupy 39 out of 101 seats in the national parliament.

The Communist Party boycotts the session of parliament, pressing for its dissolution. It does not recognize the powers of the current convocation of parliament or the new President, Nicolae Timofti, whose election earlier this year made it possible for the MPs to overcome a dragged-out political crisis that lasted almost three years.

Timofti’s election became possible due to an arrangement with the MPs who had broken away from the Communist faction in parliament.

Under Moldova’s national Constitution, the powers to elect a president belong to parliament.

 

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