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Moldovan authorities turn down protesters’ ultimatum — opposition leaders

January 28, 2016, 20:15 UTC+3 CHISINAU

The leaders of three opposition parties confirmed they would be present at a civil forum on Friday to make a decision on joint actions

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CHISINAU, January 28 /TASS/. Moldova’s opposition has refused to meet the authorities who did not react to its ultimatum on the government’s resignation and early parliamentary elections that expired tonight, Igor Dodon, the leader of the Party of Socialists; Renato Usatii, the Our Party leader; and the center right Civil Platform DA (Dignity and Truth) Andrei Nastase told a joint news conference on Thursday.

"Parliamentary Speaker Andrian Candu got in touch with me on Thursday afternoon and invited to come to the state residence for talks scheduled for 09:00 (10:00 Moscow time) on Friday to hear some proposals aimed at overcoming the political crisis. I understand that they have analyzed our demands and are ready to come up with proposals. But we are going to ignore this meeting. I would like to confirm our firm stance: we demand parliament’s disbandment and early parliamentary elections; constitutional amendments and direct election of the country’s president; the liberation of the seized government institutions," Dodon said.

Dodon’s Party of Socialists has the biggest faction in parliament that holds 24 out of 101 mandates. He said that the opposition would continue protests with an aim to mount pressure on the authorities.

"Protests will continue but their form may change. We know what to do. We have several action plans in mind which we are going to apply if the authorities refuse to react to our demands," Dodon said adding a decision on any further actions would be made jointly with Our Party and Civil Platform DA [Dignity and Truth].

The leaders of these three opposition parties confirmed they would be present at a civil forum on Friday to make a decision on joint actions. They also announced plans to pass on to civil disobedience acts.

Last Sunday, the protesters demonstrated for the first time how exactly they planned to increase pressure on the authorities. Thousands of people marched through Chisinau streets under drum beat. They chanted anti-government slogans and paralyzed the city traffic. The protesters blocked the entrance into the city on the Balkan Highway from the direction of Romania for 60 minutes. Traffic jams stretched for many kilometers on some roads. The work of many urban services was disrupted.

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