CHISINAU, January 11. /TASS/. Moldova’s Party of Socialists has rejected the president’s invitation to join the talks on the candidacy of the new prime minister and has called for dissolving the parliament.
Zinaida Greceanii, the chairman of the faction of socialists who have 24 mandates in the 101-member parliament, said this in a letter to President Nicolae Timofti.
"Now Moldova is governed by oligarchs who abuse their power and prevent the development of the country. The election of the new government in these conditions is a direct move for preserving this regime," she stressed.
Greceanii believes that the best solution to the current situation is to hold early parliamentary elections "what will allow renewing the political class." She also called on the president to use his constitutional right and dissolve the parliament.
The opposition Party of Communists has also refused to participate in the consultations that the president resumed earlier on Monday with the parliamentary parties.
The government of Liberal Democrat Valeriu Strelet stepped down under pressure from opposition parties supported by the Democratic Party of Moldova on October 29. This came amidst mass opposition riots and a split in the ruling "Alliance for European Integration", which comprises the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM), the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), and the Liberal Party (LP).
Moldova has been hit by anti-government protests over the past three months. The situation deteriorated after Vlad Filat, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, was arrested on suspicion of corruption.
Under the constitution, the president has to appoint a new candidate for the prime minister after the consultations with the MPs. The president has the right to dissolve the parliament if the deputies do not express confidence to the cabinet by the deadline which expires on January 29. The first attempt of the president to suggest Ion Sturza for the PM has failed.