Moldovan parliamentary speaker says presidency could be abolished
Moldova could eventually abolish the presidency, according to Moldovan Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu.
"I think that the next parliament will continue to limit presidential powers. We should discuss a constitutional reform again for the sake of a final transition to the parliamentary form of government," Candu told the press in the parliament on Friday.
"The conduct of President Igor Dodon is discrediting the presidency and putting other branches of the authorities, including the parliament and the government, in an awkward position," he said.
Candu mentioned the appointment of two ministers earlier this week and said that the president's powers had to be suspended for the fourth time in order to do so.
"I believe this is not the last time the outgoing parliament will have to do so. The parliament has more bills opposed by the president. Some bills have been adopted and submitted for promulgation. The new Code of Audio and Video Services, which contains anti-propaganda elements opposed by President Dodon, also needs to be submitted for promulgation. He [Dodon] thinks that we should not protect Moldova from propaganda, including the one of Russia. Do you expect President Dodon to approve this code?" Candu said.
He predicted a similar situation with the constitutional amendment declaring "European integration as the strategic goal of Moldova."
"If we manage to reach a compromise in parliament and approve these constitutional amendments, the president will try to block them, as well. It cannot go on like this forever: the president is acting against the interests of the country and is refusing to fulfill his duties," Candu said.
The Constitutional Court decided this week to suspend the president's powers for the time necessary to appoint two ministers. Dodon twice refused to sign relevant executive orders, and the Constitutional Court vested the parliamentary speaker with the power to do so.