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Moldova’s premier invites pro-European opposition to negotiating table

October 05, 2015, 18:36 UTC+3 CHISINAU
The prime minister noted that many of the things criticized by demonstrators, including the requirement to depoliticize government agencies, have been included in the government program
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CHISINAU, October 5. /TASS/. Prime Minister of Moldova Valery Strelets has invited to the negotiating table representatives of the Dignity and Truth (DA) Civic Platform, which seeks the resignation of the country’s top officials and the creation of a new pro-European party. He said as much to reporters on Monday, commenting on Sunday’s protests in Chisinau.

"We need to sit down at the negotiating table to discuss the demonstrators’ demands and to develop a plan to implement them. If we do not carry it out, we will be ready to consider the resignation of those responsible leaders," the prime minister said. He noted that many of the things criticized by demonstrators, including the requirement to depoliticize government agencies, have been included in the government program.

"I hope that colleagues from the parliament and the presidential administration will agree to deliver a joint address to the protesters. However, this only applies to the pro-European opposition, which sincerely wants to change the country for the better. It is necessary to meet and defuse the situation. The political instability hinders the country’s development," Strelets added.

The DA platform held protests on the main square of Chisinau on October 4, with thousands of people taking part in it.

The platform’s leaders declared Moldova "a country seized by oligarchs" and seek the resignation of the country's top officials, the organization of early elections and the transition to the direct election of the president by citizens. Demonstrators tried to enter the parliament building but were pushed back by the police.

The opposition Socialist Party and Our Party are simultaneously holding demonstrations in Chisinau. They put forward similar demands, but are in favor of strengthening Moldova’s statehood and the Eurasian geopolitical vector. During the protests the two parties decided to abandon geopolitical slogans and urged the opposition to consolidate efforts, but the leaders of the DA platform refused to cooperate with them. The left parties held a rally on September 25 attended by tens of thousands of people. They refused to hold mass protests on Sunday not to interfere with DA activities.

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