Political analyses and commentaries

Gagauzia before the Elections of the Governor
Igor Botan, February 27, 2015
The electoral campaign for the elections of the governor is a natural occasion to discuss the problems of the people in the Gagauz autonomy. The substance and gravity of their problems are diverse. The electoral competition will lead to the identification of the candidate who offers the best and most agreeable solutions to voters[]

ElectionsForeign policy / European integration

Results of the first round of elections in Gagauzia
Igor Botan, September 13, 2012
The first round of elections to the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia ended on September 9, 2012 with the election of 13 out of 35 deputies. Representatives of the three main political parties from the region were satisfied both with their results and with the way the campaign developed[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

2012 legislative elections in Gagauzia
Igor Botan, September 5, 2012
The failure of decision-making authorities in Gagauzia to agree on amendment of the local election legislation perpetuated in the 2012 campaign the shortcomings signalled during the previous four electoral campaigns. Like during previous elections, the current electoral campaign for the Gagauz legislature is a battle for the three interested players from the region — the head of the Comrat Executive, Governor Mihail Formuzal, Comrat Mayor Nicolai Dudoglo and the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM)[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

Impact of the incapacity to elect the chief of state on Moldova’ European integration process (part II)
Igor Botan, February 3, 2012
Institutional crisis related to the Parliament’s incapacity to elect the chief of state is based on the antagonistic polarization of political scene, rather than on imperfect provisions of the Constitution[]

ElectionsGovernmental policiesJustice and legal bodies

Impact of the incapacity to elect the chief of state on Moldova’ European integration process (part I)
Igor Botan, January 16, 2012
The incapacity of ruling alliance to elect the chief of state has a direct impact on Moldova’s European integration. Violation of the rule of law principles because of vanities and ambitions of AIE leaders are clearly contrary to the Copenhagen EU Membership criteria[]

ElectionsGovernmental policiesJustice and legal bodies

AIE in zeitnot
Igor Botan, November 1, 2011
AIE is running out of time for a banal reason — the absence of elementary communication between its leaders and the cultivation of practice for putting partners forward a fait accompli. The voting by the PDM faction of a decision to release the presidential election procedure without coordinating it with partners has the features of a vendetta of those pined to the wall, which were thought to be short of counterpart and expected to obey[]

Governmental policies

Phoenix Bird and Watermelon
Igor Botan, October 17, 2011
The activity of AIE in the last half year proved that this political structure is incapable to promote the promised reforms and overcome the institutional crisis faced by Moldova for more than two years[]

Governmental policiesGovernment — opposition relations

Who is afraid of early elections?
Igor Botan, September 6, 2011
Statements of the prime-minister that “the things go wrong” and that there is a threat of “mafiotization” of the Republic of Moldova revealed that the early parliamentary elections would not be a catastrophe to the Republic of Moldova, but a catastrophe to AIE[]

ElectionsPolitical partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Sad end of the “success story”
Igor Botan, August 6, 2011
The end of the spring-summer parliamentary session was an occasion to summarize the work of the Alliance for European Integration (AIE)[]

Political partiesGovernmental policiesGovernment — opposition relations

Election of district heads — a new occasion to torpedo or revitalize AIE
Igor Botan, June 29, 2011
Disputes between AIE components exceeded the limits to be credible in eyes of electors. For the time being, following local elections, the definitive collapse or eventual recovery of AIE could be based on a political decision to build majorities in district councils[]

ElectionsPolitical parties