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Political analyses and commentaries

The main trends in the presidential elections of 2016
Igor Botan, September 16, 2016
Regardless of the number of candidates to be registered, their messages to citizens can be grouped into five major currents, more or less interspersed: Pro-Romanian, unionist; Pro-European, governmental; Pro-European, alternative; Pro-Eurasian; The single decree[]

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Boycotting presidential elections
Igor Botan, September 12, 2016
2016 presidential elections are the first direct elections to be held in the last 20 years. Returning to direct presidential election procedure was done in a novel way, without changing the Constitution by Parliament or by constitutional referendum, but by Constitutional Court (CC) decision, which decided to cancel part of the constitutional amendments of 2000[]

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Pre electoral context
Igor Botan, September 2, 2016
Presidential elections scheduled for October 30, 2016 take place in a very complicated social-political and economic context. The political crisis erupted in December 2014, when the Moldovan authorities announced that a billion US dollars was illegally evaded from the banking system[]

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European integration — the last refuge of scoundrels?
Igor Botan, July 1, 2015
Local elections in Moldova are traditionally perceived as politico-administrative elections. Voting for local and district councils is conducted based on the proportional electoral system with closed party lists. While at the level of villages and towns people can say they know the qualities of the candidates for local councils, at district level candidates can be known only by the residents of their localities[]

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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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