Moldova's president nominates new PM as early election looms

Photo: EPA President Maia Sandu

Moldovan President Maia Sandu announced on Tuesday she was nominating the leader of her parliamentary party, Igor Grosu, to be the ex-Soviet republic's next prime minister, Reuters reported. It is the second attempt by the pro-Western president to appoint a government since she won a presidential election in November against the incumbent Igor Dodon.

The parliament, which remains dominated by lawmakers aligned with Dodon, failed last month to approve Sandu's first choice for prime minister, former finance minister Natalia Gavrilita.

Sandu has accused parliament of trying to sabotage her presidency and sees early parliamentary elections as a way of consolidating her power.

The president is allowed to dissolve parliament if it twice fails to appoint a new government within the space of 45 days.

"I hope that early elections can be held in the summer to get rid of both corruption and COVID," Sandu told a briefing following the announcement of Grosu, 48, as her choice for prime minister.

Sandu said a majority of Moldovans wanted an early parliamentary election.

Moldova has been beset by instability and corruption scandals in recent years, including the disappearance of $1bn from the banking system.

Similar articles

  • Belarus leader threatens to invite Russian troops

    Belarus leader threatens to invite Russian troops

    Belarus’ authoritarian president warned Friday that he would not hesitate to invite Russian troops into the country if such a move is necessary to ensure the security of both Belarus and Russia. However, President Alexander Lukashenko said that at the moment “there is absolutely no need” to do that, AP reports.

    45
  • Moldova's president names ex-finance minister as new PM

    Moldova's president names ex-finance minister as new PM

    Moldova's President Maia Sandu said on Friday she was nominating former Finance Minister Natalia Gavrilita to become the new prime minister, Reuters reported. Gavrilita needs to be approved by parliament, where Sandu's PAS party commands a majority after the winning a snap parliamentary election in July on a platform of carrying out reforms and tackling corruption.

    44
  • Ukraine meets conditions for next IMF tranche, President Zelensky says

    Ukraine meets conditions for next IMF tranche, President Zelensky says

    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that the country expects to receive a second payment from its $5bn IMF programme after fulfilling all its agreed commitments, news wires reported. He said Ukraine had fulfilled its reform commitments, passing legislation to open the land market, overhaul the judicial system and strengthen the central bank. "We have done everything as I promised ... and everything that we need for Ukraine," Zelensky told reporters.

    34