6 Mar 2018 14:13

Ruling coalition not to attend Moldovan Security Council meeting convened by president

CHISINAU. March 6 (Interfax) - Members of Moldova's ruling coalition including parliamentarians and government officials said they would not attend a meeting of the Moldovan Supreme Security Council convened by President Igor Dodon on Wednesday.

"The president convened a meeting of the Supreme Security Council on a day when the heads of the parliament and the government have to attend other scheduled events. What is more, Supreme Security Council members were not informed about the agenda in advance," the chair of the ruling Democratic Party, Vlad Plahotniuc, said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Members of the ruling coalition proposed that the president move the meeting to a different day.

Dodon said on Monday that he would convene a meeting of the Supreme Security Council on Wednesday to discuss the inquiry into the embezzlement of $1 billion from banks and the law banning "Russian propaganda," which took effect on February 12 and was challenged by the Moldovan president.

Dodon said earlier he would expand the Supreme Security Council with his own advisors should the parliament and government try to block council meetings.