11 Nov 2019 17:51

Moldovan Socialists insist on govt's resignation

CHISINAU. Nov 11 (Interfax) - The Moldovan pro-presidential Party of Socialists (PSRM) has dismissed a compromise proposed by Prime Minister Maia Sandu to overcome a government crisis and insists on the government's resignation, parliamentarian Vasile Bolea said.

"The Party of Socialists will insist on a vote of no confidence in the government unless the government recalls its initiative on amendments to the law on the prosecution system, under which a candidate for prosecutor general shall be nominated by the prime minister," Bolea, who submitted a draft resolution on a vote of no confidence in the government on November 8, said at a news briefing on Monday.

The prime minister's proposal that the government's bill be submitted to the Venice Commission after the amendments take effect "shows yet again that there was absolutely no need to rush with adopting the amendments," Bolea said.

"And besides, the Venice Commission does not consider laws that have already been adopted but only bills. And even if they are forwarded to the commission, nothing will come of this. Therefore, the only way out of the crisis created by the government in this situation is to recall the initiative. Otherwise, a vote of no confidence in the government will be discussed at the next plenary session," he said.

The PSRM initiated a vote of no confidence in the government after the latter delegated certain powers to the prime minister in selecting a candidate for prosecutor general. The government assumed responsibility before the parliament for this legislation. This means that the bill would have become law if none of the parliamentarians had proposed a no confidence vote within three days. However, the PSRM initiated a no confidence vote on November 8, and the initiative should be considered later this week. The parliament's Standing Bureau is expected to set the date for the vote on November 11.