MonitoringPoliticsCommentaries

Political analyses and commentaries published in 2005

A branch of “orange evolution”?
Igor Botan, December 19, 2005
The political year 2005 was unquestionably a year of elections, both regarding number of elections and their impact on the social-political situation[]

Elections

Forum of Community of Democratic Option
Igor Botan, December 5, 2005
The Republic of Moldova participated in the constitution of the Community of Democratic Option (CDO) and signed the declaration at the end of the forum that took place in Kiev, Ukraine, on December 2[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Electoral polygon
Igor Botan, November 7, 2005
New elections for vacant mayoral offices will take place in 13 localities of Moldova, including the Chisinau municipality, on November 27, 2005. Besides the appointment of mayors to administrate these localities till the May 2007 general local elections, the elections have also an important significance for estimation of development trends of the party system in Moldova[]

Elections

New municipal elections
Igor Botan, September 26, 2005
Albeit CEC resolution on setting the date of new elections follows precisely the law, still it gives the impression that it is not timely[]

Elections

Kazan’ CIS Summit
Igor Botan, August 30, 2005
International political climate sets favorable conditions for Russia to strengthen its positions in CIS[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Was the “national consensus” rescued?
Cristian Untila, July 29, 2005
A very strange thing could be outlined during latest debates within sittings of the Parliament, broadcasted live on television and radio — the representatives of the Our Moldova Alliance faction excel in criticism against actions and drafts of the Government[]

Government — opposition relations

Factors that might influence elections’ outcome
Igor Botan, July 3, 2005
There are several factors worth considering when estimating elections’ outcome, namely: inert voter sympathies; “Gagauz syndrome”; “national consensus”; low voter turnout, which increase the ratio of the “low mobility voters”[]

Elections

The eve of mayor elections
Igor Volnitchi, June 30, 2005
Currently the top question related to mayor elections is would they get the voter turnout required for validation. Under the law, elections are considered valid provided at least 1/3 of the total number of voters take part in elections[]

Elections

Why were new elections necessary?
Igor Botan, June 27, 2005
The effects of postponement of Serafim Urechean’s decision to resign from the Chisinau mayor office with one month and half after the March 6 parliamentary elections could be of a special importance[]

Elections

What is the future of the Ukrainian plan on resolving Transdnistrian conflict?
Igor Botan, June 5, 2005
As a follow-up to the provision of the “Ukrainian plan” on the need to secure the support of the Moldovan civil society to the plan, Association for Foreign Policy (AFP) founded by former high-rank officials, former diplomats and pundits in foreign policy have recently issued a statement on the strong and weak sides of the Plan[]

Transnistria

Ukrainian plan
Igor Botan, May 22, 2005
The “Plan for resolving Transdnistrian conflict proposed by Ukraine” published on May 20, 2005 together with the comments that followed from Minister of Reintegration, Vasile Sova, shall generate many more debates in the future[]

Transnistria

Upgrading of GUUAM. Tendencies and perspectives
Iurie Gotisan, April 25, 2005
The reason to create the GUUAM is as actual and motivated as possible The project on creation of an efficient union of states, regarded especially as an economic and, eventually, defence-military alliance, within the non-functional Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), was libelled as counterproductive since its creation in 1997, being permanently criticized and obstructed[]

Foreign policy / European integration

The GUUAM summit
Igor Botan, April 17, 2005
Perspectives of GUUAM after upgrading leave room for many questions related to[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Presidential elections
Igor Botan, April 7, 2005
If he honors his promises, then “constructive” opposition wins enabling it to grab Moldova Noastra’s electorate (roughly estimated at 20%). Conversely, if Voronin doesn’t honor his promises a part of “constructive” opposition would slip into a mere “collaborationist opposition”, while the other would tacitly and humiliated join the “obstructionist” camp, with all the arising consequences[]

ElectionsPolitical partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Chance of democratisation of the Republic of Moldova
Igor Botan, March 23, 2005
Existing situation offers an extraordinary chance both to the opposition and to the ruling party to avoid a deadlock that might have unfavourable consequences for Moldova. Even more, a solution could be found enabling the settlement of a string of strategic problems Moldova is facing by accepting the so-called “national consensus”[]

ElectionsPolitical partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Post-election reflections
Igor Botan, March 14, 2005
There were serious shortcoming in the way parliamentary elections were conducted in the Republic of Moldova (RM) on March 6, 2005. Still, it is important that International Election Observation Mission found that the 6 March parliamentary elections in Moldova were generally in compliance with most OSCE and Council of Europe commitments and other international election standards[]

Elections

Final stage of the electoral campaign
Igor Botan, February 13, 2005
Electoral campaign has entered the final stage. CEC registered 23 electoral contestants for the parliamentary elections of March 6, 2005, out of which 11 parties/blocs and 12 independent candidates[]

Elections

The Visit of the Council of Europe Secretary General in the Republic of Moldova
January 19, 2005
A few things have drawn the attention of observers: Terry Davis’ statement that he came to Chisinau on the invitation of the leadership of the country and of the political parties; and the statement that parliamentary elections due to take place on the 6th of March this year are the first elections of this kind in 2005 in the area of the Council of Europe, and therefore it would be in the limelight of the European institutions[]

Elections

A faulty start of the election campaign
Igor Botan, January 18, 2005
The fourth parliamentary election campaign has started. Interestingly enough, all the electoral campaigns for the parliamentary elections since the Republic of Moldova (RM) declared its independence were preceded by problems, including the setting of the date of elections[]

Elections

Withdrawal of Russian Troops in the Context of CFE Adapted Treaty: Perceptions, Interests, and the Changing Nature of European Security
Iulian Fruntasu, January 16, 2005
“Defense Monitor’s” assertion has a high chance to become reality without serious diplomatic initiatives regarding complete withdrawal of Russian army and that of Russian separatists[]

Transnistria

Does the Year Bear Good Signs?
Igor Botan, January 10, 2005
On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2004, the Parliament adopted the decision No.444-XV setting the day of parliamentary elections. Organizing elections on March 6 is in full accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the Republic of Moldova (RM)[]

Elections