8 Nov 2019 21:11

Moldovan PM anticipates govt's imminent resignation

CHISINAU. Nov 8 (Interfax) - Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu said she believes "things in Moldova are moving toward the government's resignation and early elections."

Sandu made this remark while meeting with demonstrators who gathered near the parliament building to express their support for the government, whose resignation was initiated by the parliamentary faction of the pro-presidential Party of Socialists (PSRM).

"There is the risk that the government will fall, but we have to fight. It looks like everything is moving toward early elections. We have made a step that we see fit. Because it couldn't have been otherwise. The qualities of a person to serve in the prosecution system are too important," Sandu said.

The incumbent government has unblocked foreign financial assistance given to Moldova, and if it has to resign, this assistance might be frozen again, she said.

"The current government was supported by our partners, because they saw great political will to change the business through reforms. There are risks that the foreign financing could be blocked now. Nobody will venture to finance us without the justice system's reform," Sandu said.

She thanked the demonstrators for support and asked them to disperse.

"The government needs the people's support," and therefore the rightwing parties might ask the people next week "to take to the streets to defend democracy," she said.

It had been reported earlier that the PSRM's parliamentary faction had submitted a draft resolution to the parliament on passing a vote of no confidence in the government. The parliament will consider the draft resolution next week.

President Igor Dodon urged the factions making up the majority "not to burn their bridges" and continue to look for a compromise so as to avoid the government's resignation.