Igor Dodon - Moldovan - Moldova News

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A Moldovan court relieved President Igor Dodon of his duties on Sunday, deepening a standoff between rival political parties over the formation of a new government after months of deadlock. His successor, former prime minister Pavel Filip, immediately announced a snap election for September, while thousands of supporters of Filip’s party gathered to rally in the capital, Chisinau. The crisis threatens more instability in one of Europe’s smallest and poorest nations of 3.5 million people, where entrenched corruption and low living standards have pushed many citizens to emigrate to Russia or wealthier European countries. Dodon’s Russian-backed Socialist party had on Saturday announced it was forming a coalition government with the pro-European Union ACUM bloc, an unlikely alliance designed to keep a party run by tycoon Vladimir Plahotniuc out of power. Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party of Moldova said the new administration had tried to usurp power at Russia’s behest, criticising Dodon’s refusal to dissolve parliament after parties missed a court-mandated June 7 deadline to form a government. Dodon said the court was not politically independent and accused the Democrats of trying to cling to power. He called on the international community to step in. “Moldovan citizens with different views on domestic and foreign policy can unite for the sake of a common goal: liberation of the Republic of Moldova from the criminal, dictatorial regime,” Dodon said in a statement. “In this situation, we have no choice but to appeal to the international community to mediate in the process of a peaceful transfer…

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