Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that he would ask the Constitutional Court to dissolve parliament if fails to create a parliamentary majority. The head of state made the announcement Thursday evening on Moldovan television channel N-4.
“In June, I will appeal to the Constitutional Court to ask if there are grounds to dissolve a parliament that is not operational and does not have a ruling majority. I will then call the parliamentary party leaders to hold early elections.” Dodon said.
The day before, the president had already asked the Constitutional Court to clarify at what point in time the three-month period would the legislative body be deemed non-functional, the deputies receiving mandates on March 9 or the constitutive meeting on March 21. He also accused the pro-European bloc ACUM (“Now”) of disrupting negotiations to form a ruling majority with the Party of Socialists.
Dodon did not rule out the possibility that a coalition between the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) and the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) could be the way out of the political crisis.
“Suppose the democrats agree on all the socialists’ demands, then the Socialist Party will be faced with a dilemma. I do not know what decision they will make,” Dodon said.
He recalled that at the last meeting of the Republican Council of the PSRM, the decision was rendered to enter negotiations with the ACUM bloc (“Now”) and that if those negotiations would fail, to call early elections.
At the same time, the president believes that before dissolving parliament, from July 3 to July 7, all parties will be more open to negotiating. “I do not rule out that in early June a Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova meeting may be held where its members can once again discuss the situation,” said Dodon, emphasizing that as of now there were no negotiations between PSRM and PDM.