Moldova pro-West coalition retains power

In the absence of an elected president, the parliament speaker -- who has yet to be elected -- will take on his responsibilities.

Moldova pro-West coalition retains power

A third party joined a pro-Western coalition in Moldova on Thursday, preventing the Communists from returning to power, although no group will have enough seats to fill the vacant presidency.

The Democratic party, which won 15 seats in the 101-seat parliament in a Nov. 28 election, had been in the position of kingmaker, able to choose between an alliance with the Communists or the pro-Western Liberals and Liberal Democrats.

The leadership of the Democrats agreed to back the pro-Western bloc, giving it 59 seats to 42 for the Communists, enough to form a government but short of the 61 required to name a president.

"After long days and nights we are signing the agreement to create the Alliance for European Integration," Liberal Democrats leader Vlad Filat told reporters, speaking alongside leaders of the two other parties as they signed the deal.

In the absence of an elected president, the parliament speaker -- who has yet to be elected -- will take on his responsibilities.

Moldova has experienced political deadlock without a full-time president for more than a year under rules which require a super-majority in parliament to name the head of state.


Reuters

Last Mod: 30 Aralık 2010, 17:48
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