Moldovan opposition accuses President Maia Sandu of trying to usurp

Marina Tauber, vice-chairman of the Moldovan Shor party, said that the president of the republic, Maia Sandu, is trying to usurp power. This is how Mrs. Tauber commented on the words of Mrs. Sandu that attempts were being prepared in Moldova to change the constitutional order, in connection with which it is necessary to expand the powers of the Information and Security Service and other law enforcement structures. The “Civil Congress” accused the president of planting hysteria and terror instead of proposals for the unification of society, and the Bloc of Communists and Socialists (BCS) accused Maia Sandu in drawing Moldova into the conflict in Ukraine.

The Shor Vice Chair called the statement “a clear attempt to usurp power in the country.” “Neither Moscow, nor Washington, nor Brussels stand behind us, but only the citizens of Moldova,” Marina Tauber said at a briefing (quoted from “RIA News”). Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia was preparing the “destruction of the democratic order” in Moldova.

“Not initiative peace proposals capable of uniting society on the two banks of the Dniester, but another hysteria,” commented Ms. Sandu’s words in the Civil Congress (quoted from Sputnik Moldova).

“BCS categorically condemns the irresponsible statement of President Maia Sandu, made during a briefing on February 13, 2023, according to which the Russian Federation will prepare the destabilization of the Republic of Moldova with the involvement of ‘military-trained saboteurs’,” the BCS said. The President at a briefing said that the purpose of “sabotage is to overthrow the constitutional order in order to transfer the country to the disposal of Russia” (quoted from TASS).

Ms. Tauber noted that the loud statement of the President of Moldova took place against the backdrop of the upcoming protests, which will be held on February 19. The Shor representative called on all opposition parties to support the rally.

The Shor party has been holding protests since September 2022, while the Moldovan authorities are trying to ban the party. The leader of the Shor party is businessman Ilan Shor, who is accused in Moldova of illegally withdrawing $1 billion from three Moldovan banks in 2014.

The reason for the protests was the high prices for energy and food. In 2022, the protesters demanded the resignation of the president, the government, as well as the dissolution of parliament and the holding of early parliamentary elections.

Read more about the political situation in the country in the publication “Kommersant” “All power to the adviser!”.

Maria Fedotova

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