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Moldovan president criticizes top court's notification on issuance of decree on new cabinet members' appointment

16:42 | 02.01.2018 Category: Political

Chisinau, 2 January /MOLDPRES/ - President Igor Dodon today criticized the notification by the Constitutional Court (CCM), which ruled that the parliament speaker or the prime minister can issue the decree on the appointment of the new cabinet members and can receive their oath of allegiance.

The head of state described the ruling as controversial. “CCM was expected to repeat the political trick from 17 October, last year, when the head of state was suspended, so as Defence Minister Eugen Sturza be sworn in office. The legal procedures are seriously violated again. As normal, the government should have appealed to the Court under a decision or the parliament, also through a decision; yet, only several lawmakers appealed through notification,” Igor Dodon said on a social network.   

After the Court’s ruling had been pronounced, the presidential adviser in the juridical and international relations sector, Maxim Lebedinschi, said that CCM had infringed all legal norms and exceeded its powers by interpreting other legal acts but the Constitution. According to Lebedinschi, “the appointment of the new ministers, who represent more than a half of all cabinet members, was to be made under a parliament decision.” Lebedinschi also said that “the new government members are present in more journalistic investigations and Kroll reports.” “The Court again proved its affiliation to political interests,” Lebedinschi added.     

On the other hand, an MP of the Democratic Party (PDM), Sergiu Sirbu, who is one of the authors of the notification submitted to CCM, said that “the constitutional justice jubilated today” and the notification was submitted “in order to overcome the institutional blockage.”   

The PDM lawmakers on 28 December 2017 submitted a notification to the Constitutional Court on the repeated refusal by President Igor Dodon to appoint the new members of the Filip Government.  

Under the amendments, earlier announced by the Democrats’ leadership, the cabinet will have seven new members. It is about five ministers and two deputy ministers.  

(Reporter A. Ciobanu, editor M. Jantovan)



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