A standoff between the new and the old government continues in Moldova for the sixth day. On Saturday, June 9th the ACUM-PSRM majority in Parliament elected a new government, but the politically controlled Constitutional Court, through arbitrary and abusive decisions, took the side of the old regime and is sabotaging the new legitimate government lead by Maia Sandu. The new government has overwhelming popular support and has been recognized by Moldova’s major international partners. Nonetheless, leader of PDM, oligarch Plahotniuc has blocked access to all major government buildings with paid protesters, including sportsmen – a tactic employed by Yanukovych during the Euromaidan.
ACUM leaders: Prime Minister Maia Sandu and Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister Andrei Nastase have called today for a peaceful rally on Sunday in Moldova’s capital Chisinau. The same call was launched by President Igor Dodon. Despite major ideological and geopolitical differences, ACUM DA-PAS and PSRM have put their rivalry on hold to give Moldova a chance to defeat the oligarchic system that has captured the state under Plahotniuc.
The People’s March on Sunday is meant as a display of national unity against corruption and state capture. People from all over the country of all political convictions are awaited at the event to voice their support for the new government led by Maia Sandy. Public discontent with Plahotniuc’s regime is very high, but, in light of our vast experience, we are confident that we can hold a peaceful rally even under these extremely charged circumstances. The risk of escalation emanates only from Plahotniuc. We count that police will respect their oath to serve the people and will not obey illegal orders. We urge the international community to continue to monitor the situation. We appreciate all the support from our international partners and, just like all Moldovan citizens, we want to see this crisis resolved by a peaceful and democratic transition of power.
Overview of international reactions to events in Moldova
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