Snap elections called as Moldova crisis escalates

10 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Moldova’s political crisis has escalated, with an interim president calling snap elections on 6 September, reports BBC.

Pavel Filip, who was appointed by the Constitutional Court to succeed Igor Dodon, also dissolved the parliament.

But the parliament declared Filip’s moves illegal, saying the country’s state institutions “have been seized”.

The stalemate follows general elections in February, where no clear winner emerged between rival pro-EU and pro-Russian parties.

There are now fears that the prolonged political crisis could lead to violent clashes on the streets.

Moldova, a former Soviet republic, lies between the EU and Ukraine and is one of Europe’s poorest countries.

On Sunday, the Constitutional Court in the capital Chisinau relieved Russia-backed President Dodon from his duties because of his refusal to dissolve the parliament. The court also appointed Mr Filip, a pro-EU former prime minister, an interim president.

This comes a day after the pro-EU Acum political bloc and Mr Dodon’s Socialists struck an unlikely deal and formed a compromise government.