Minority governing coalition formed in Moldova

On 23 January the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) and the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM) signed an agreement to form a minority governing coalition. Earlier, the leaders of the parties announced they were unable to come to an agreement with the third prospective coalition partner, Liberal Party (PL). The PL still seems opens to discussions, but has dismissed any possibility of agreement with the Communist Party, as suggested earlier by PDM leader Marian Lupu. The minority coalition will have to gather support from opposition MPs for each of its proposals.

Cabinet

By 26th January the 13-page coalition agreement was published, along with the agreed distribution of ministries: 10 cabinet seats will go to the LDPM, and 8 to the DPM. PLDM will name the Prime Minister, while PDM can name the parliament chair. As to the ministries, PLDM will get Ministry of Finance, Justice, Interior, Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Defense, Agruculture and Food Inudstry, Environment, Education and Health. PDM will get Economy, Reintegration, Regional Development and Construction, Transport and Road Infrastructure, Culture, Labor, ICT and Youth and Sport.

In his reaction to the coalition formation, PL deputy chair Dorin Chirtoaca said PLDM and PDM have to choose between a ‘tacit alliance with the Communists or an official alliance with the PL.’ He stated that the PL will not take part in a common vote with the Communist Party (PCRM).


In his reaction to the coalition formation, PL deputy chair Dorin Chirtoaca said PLDM and PDM have to choose between a ‘tacit alliance with the Communists or an official alliance with the PL.’ He stated that the PL will not take part in a common vote with the Communist Party (PCRM). It is expected that the PCRM will provide the vote of confidence needed to approve the new government. On 25 January several hundred people protested outside the parliament against association of Communists with the government.

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