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Moldovan coalition leaders fail to agree candidate for prime minister

July 27, 2015, 18:16 UTC+3 CHISINAU
Liberal leader Mihail Ghimpu called Maya Sandu a "fretful doll who wants to be a queen."
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Marian Lupu of the Democratic Party, Vlad Filat of the Liberal Democratic Party and Mihai Ghimpu of the Liberal Party

Marian Lupu of the Democratic Party, Vlad Filat of the Liberal Democratic Party and Mihai Ghimpu of the Liberal Party

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CHISINAU, July 27. /TASS/. The formation of a new Moldovan has once again been postponed disagreement among the leaders of the ruling coalition over the candidature for prime minister, local media said on Monday.

Another round of talks between the leaders of the three parties of the Alliance for European Integration - Vlad Filat of the Liberal Democratic Party, Marian Lupu of the Democratic Party and Mihai Ghimpu of the Liberal Party - has yielded no agreement on a nominee for prime minister.

"The leaders of the three parties met on Monday at the Democratic Party’s office," a source in the party told TASS, adding that along with the candidature of Minister of Education Maya Sandu, who had been nominated by the Liberal Democratic Party enjoying the right to have its candidate on the post of prime minister under the coalition agreement, they discussed other candidatures. "The coalition leaders are trying to find a technocrat candidate not linked directly with either of the three parties. Possible candidates are former vice governor of the National Bank Veronica Bakalu and Valeriu Strelet, a lawmaker with the Liberal Democratic Party," the source said.

Earlier, Sandu set a number of conditions, including resignation of National Bank Governor Dorin Dragutanu accused of involvement in a high-profile case of $1 billion embezzlement from the country’s banking system. Her plans to investigate this case turned out to be unacceptable for the coalition leaders.

"It is she who must implement our ideas, but not vice versa, said Liberal leader Mihail Ghimpu, who has blood kinship relations with the National Bank governor. He called Sandu a "fretful doll who wants to be a queen."

Moldovan President NIcolae Timofti was expected to sign a decree nominating Sandu as a candidate for prime minister on Friday so that the parliament could approve a new government over the current week.

Under the Moldovan constitution, after the president nominates a candidate for prime minister, the parliament has 15 days to vote confidence in the government and its program. The parliament may be dissolved in case it doesn’t support the government within 45 days after the nomination and after at least two refusals. A government is to be formed within a term of three months, which expires on September 12.

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