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Political analyses and commentaries

Barometer of Public Opinion about the socio-political situation before the local elections
Igor Botan, May 25, 2015
The results of the Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) traditionally are of special interest before electoral campaigns. Due to the application of a standard methodology and maintenance of a constant set of questions over a long time, the BPO offers the possibility to evaluate trends in the citizens’ perception of socio-political realities[]

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Modification of electoral legislation shortly before local elections
Igor Botan, April 29, 2015
On 9 April 2015, the Parliament approved, by Law no. 36 and Law no. 61, amendments to the Electoral Code and to other five codes and laws referring to elections and electoral subjects. The majority of amendments are welcome, but some of them are confusing and inopportune. Also, it should be mentioned that the amendments were made after 3 April, when the Parliament set the date of general local elections[]

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Irina Vlah’s Inauguration as Governor of Gagauzia
Igor Botan, April 15, 2015
On 15 April, the ceremony of inauguration of Irina Vlah, winner of the electoral competition of 22 March, took place in Comrat. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici, Speaker of Parliament Andrian Candu, Central Electoral Commission (CEC) Chairman Iurie Ciocan, and Metropolitan of Moldova Vladimir[]

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Electoral promises of Governor Irina Vlah
Igor Botan, April 1, 2015
Moldovan politicians promise a lot during electoral campaigns, but their performance is usually modest. When they enter a new electoral campaign, they forget to give an account about their fulfillment of past promises. It is also true for the politicians in the Gagauz autonomy[]

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Governor of Gagauzia Elections in Figures
Igor Botan, March 18, 2015
At the end of the electoral campaign for the elections of the governor of Gagauzia, it would be useful to see the results of opinion polls in order to understand how candidates’ activities are perceived by voters and what factors have a maximum impact on the citizens’ votes[]

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Real and imagined dangers in the elections in Gagauzia
Igor Botan, March 16, 2015
During the last week before the elections of the Governor of Gagauzia, some summary can be made about the conduct of the electoral campaign. Overall, the electoral campaign can be assessed as having been calm, without major deviations from normality[]

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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[]

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Geopolitical elections — the end justifies the means?
Igor Botan, December 8, 2014
During the entire 2014, oppositional political forces with pro-Eurasian visions pleaded for a referendum on the Moldovan integration project — whether it should be European or Eurasian. In this sense, pro-Eurasian political forces supported the referendum in Gagauzia. On the other hand, governing pro-European political forces constantly rejected ideas of organizing such a referendum[]

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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[]

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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)[]

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