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Moldova’s pro-European parties agree to revive coalition without Liberal Democrats

November 10, 2015, 9:03 UTC+3 CHISINAU
Leader of the Democratic Party Marian Lupu said he was sorry the Liberal Democratic Party had refused to take part in the coalition talks
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The head of Democratic Party, Marian Lupu (L) and the leader of Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Filat (C) with head of Liberal Party Mihai Ghimpu (R) (archive)

The head of Democratic Party, Marian Lupu (L) and the leader of Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Filat (C) with head of Liberal Party Mihai Ghimpu (R) (archive)

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CHISINAU, November 9. /TASS/. Former members of the pro-European coalition in the Moldovan parliament have agreed to revive their alliance without the Liberal Democratic Party, leader of the Democratic Party Marian Lupu said on Monday after talks with the leader of the Liberal Party, Mihai Ghimpu, and a group of lawmakers led by Iurie Leanca, who have split from the Liberal Democratic Party.

"We have agreed to sign an agreement and a program of the would-be parliamentary majority," Lupu said. "The draft of the agreement will be published tomorrow. In particular, it speaks about the implementation of Moldova’s liabilities undertaken under the association agreement with the European Union. We invite all parliamentary parties and individual lawmakers to join this agreement. The most important thing is to see to it that the future coalition has majority in the parliament."

He said he was sorry the Liberal Democratic Party had refused to take part in the coalition talks.

Earlier, Lupu said that a number of lawmakers from the Liberal Democratic Party faction planned to support the would-be coalition. He also said that the coalition was looking at enrolling support from the opposition Parties of Socialists and Communists. "We need to form a government as soon as possible. We will not object if the majority includes lawmakers from the Socialists and Communists," Leanca said after the talks. "We just have to ensure that this group does not play leading roles in the pro-European coalition."

Moldova’s ruling Alliance for European Integration formed by the Liberal Democratic, Democratic and Liberal Parties after the November 2014 parliamentary elections has broken apart. The split took place after the Democrats voted for the resignations of the Strelet government along with the Party of Socialists and the Party of Communists on October 29.

Today, the Democratic and Liberal Parties and the European People’s Party led by Iurie Leanca have 37 seats in the 101-seat Moldovan parliament. The Party of Socialists, which has the biggest faction of 24 seats, has refused to support the would-be coalition. However the Party of Communists with its 19 seats in the parliament said it was ready for talks.

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