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CHISINAU, January 12. /TASS/. Leaders of the Civic Platform DA (Dignity and Justice) have threatened to resume mass protests in Moldova if the country’s President Nicolae Timofti nominates a candidate from the Democratic Party as a new prime minister.
"We will renew mass protests if the president nominates a candidate of the democrats. We know that the party plans to promote to this post Vladimir Pakhotnyuk or his henchman through blackmail and bribery," one of the platform’s leaders, Valentin Dolganyuk, told hundreds of protesters at a rally outside the presidential residence.
During the rally, the demonstrators said they would support only an unbiased prime minister and continue seeking early parliamentary elections and also nationwide presidential polls.
"Today’s authorities in Moldova have been caught stealing and should go, and only early parliamentary elections can renew the political class," one of the leaders of an informal organization, Andrei Nastase said.
Most state bodies in Moldova have been seized by oligarchs, he said. "They interpret the constitution in their own way. They have forced the president to nominate as prime minister a candidate of the parliamentary majority governed by democrats."
On Monday, a new parliamentary majority, which is due to nominate the candidate for prime minister, was set up in Moldova after two months of difficult negotiations, leader of the Democratic Party Marian Lupu told reporters.
The parliamentary majority consists of 56 lawmakers in the 101-member parliament, including 35 members of the Social Democratic Platform. They were joined by 13 lawmakers from the Liberal Party and 8 from the Liberal Democratic Party.
This is the second and last attempt to form the government after on January 4 the parliament boycotted the voting for the cabinet of Ion Sturza earlier nominated by Timofti. The meeting was attended by 47 of 101 parliamentarians, while 51 votes are needed for endorsing the cabinet. Two of the five factions - the Party of Socialists and the Party of Communists - refused to take part in the meeting. Only 34 members of Moldova’s Liberal Democratic Party and Liberal Party, who were part of the ruling Alliance for European Integration coalition, and three representatives of the European People’s Party expressed their readiness to support the composition and the program of the new cabinet. However, members of the Democratic Party that was part of the ruling coalition voted against Sturza’s cabinet.