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Political analyses and commentaries published in 2009

Political year 2009
Igor Botan, December 30, 2009
As a rule, tragic events reverberate with farces. In this light, developments experienced by Moldova had a reverse succession in 2009. The year began with a farce but ended with a tragic finding – former president Vladimir Voronin and adherents of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) he leads had their "hearts broken" at the end of the year[]

Political partiesGovernment — opposition relations

BOP at the end and beginning of governing…
Igor Botan, December 15, 2009
The phenomenon of change of governance that the Republic of Moldova underwent in 2009 influenced people’s perception regarding the social-political life in Moldova compared with the ruling period of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM)[]

Political partiesGovernmental policies

Denouement: normality vs. boycott and revenge
Igor Botan, December 3, 2009
The denouement will take place on December 7. The political race between power and opposition will turn into normality, shall the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) unlock the election of chief of state. Otherwise, the revenging confrontation will follow the boycott[]

ElectionsGovernment — opposition relations

Neither like Deng Xiaoping, nor like Charles de Gaulle — the battle goes on!
Igor Botan, November 9, 2009
The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) has held a mad campaign in the last two weeks to persuade supporters that there is no other way but to lock up the election of chief of state and provoke early parliamentary elections. The campaign culminated with the PCRM-held protest meeting against governing of the Alliance for European Integration (AIE)[]

ElectionsGovernment — opposition relations

Post-electoral flames
Igor Botan, August 31, 2009
The results of the July 29, 2009 early elections confirmed that the Moldovan electorate generally maintains its political preferences despite factors that give birth to social and political cleavages. In this regard, one may say that after the political crisis linked to the April 7 developments and blocked election of a chief of state the Moldovan electorate actually reiterated its electoral options from the April 5 elections[]

ElectionsPolitical partiesGovernment — opposition relations

On the eve of early elections BPO suggests that…
Igor Botan, July 20, 2009
According to the Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) poll commissioned by the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) before the early parliamentary elections, the state of things is worse in Moldova than before. As much as 67.4 percent of respondents fear that the Republic of Moldova is moving in a wrong direction and only 19.6 percent believe that the things go well[]

Elections

Patriotic exhibitionism and Romanian danger
Igor Botan, July 17, 2009
During the early parliamentary elections main political parties clarify in fact which of them loves the Motherland the most. The ruling Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) claims that only leaders and members of this party love the Motherland. PCRM has launched its campaign slogan — Let’s defend our Motherland![]

ElectionsForeign policy / European integration

Will we really get the Russian money?
Maxim Kuzovlev, July 15, 2009
Almost thrilling news. Russia has promised us 500 million dollars after the June 22, 2009 visit of Vladimir Voronin to Moscow. It is true that it will not be free of any charge, but a credit. This announcement was made by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. It is also true that nobody knows when the credit will be released and under what conditions. No one knows if it will be provided in general[]

Governmental policiesTransnistria

Presumption of guiltiness
Igor Botan, June 30, 2009
Incumbent President Vladimir Voronin dissolved the Parliament on June 15, 2009, decreeing early parliamentary elections for the 29th of July. The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) led by Vladimir Voronin has publicly promised to hold an aggressive and bitter campaign against the opposition at the early elections[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

A compromised “renovation” manoeuvre
Maxim Kuzovlev, June 15, 2009
Members of the Transnistrian parliament who initiated amendments to the Constitution have withdrawn their draft law in late May 2009. The “state commission for developing and improving the Transnistrian Constitution to adjust it to the Russian Federation’s Constitution” was made to advise Igor Smirnov[]

Transnistria

Presidential elections 2009
Igor Botan, May 19, 2009
The ordinary presidential elections set for May 20, 2009 are a very serious test for Moldovan society. In fact, under the law concerning the procedure of election of Moldovan president, the elections should take place before the expiry date of the chief of state’s mandate, April 7, 2009[]

Elections

Post-modernist revolution
Igor Botan, May 1, 2009
The April 7 revolt followed the April 5, 2009 elections, at which the offer called stability tabled by the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) competed with the offer called change raised by the liberal parties[]

Elections

The reason for “freezing” the Transnistrian conflict
Maxim Kuzovlev, April 15, 2009
The conflict in the Transnistrian area has kept on for about 20 years. During this term, the conflict has passed through a series of stages — from its “hot stage” (military actions in 1991–1992) to the present status quo. A new generation has grown up all these years, which does not know the Soviet times and has lived in the actually divided state[]

Transnistria

Eastern Partnership — opportunity or barrier for European integration of Moldova?
Oleg Cristal, March 31, 2009
During the March 20, 2009 session of the European Council, EU heads of state and government approved the Polish-Swedish European Commission’s initiative on the Eastern Partnership. Besides EU member states the Eastern Partnership covers six eastern neighboring countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Whom do I vote?
Igor Botan, March 25, 2009
Periodical Barometers of Public Opinion (BPO) commissioned by the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) provide the possibility to monitor trends of social-economic and political life. As a rule, BPO in “electoral years” is conducted about a month before elections. The 7th “pre-electoral” BPO conducted a month before the April 5, 2009 parliamentary elections provides one of few opportunities to estimate the probability of achieving a “change” or maintaining “stability”[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

Common lists of candidates
Igor Botan, March 9, 2009
Amendments operated to the Election Code last year have incensed controversies. The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) and the Christian Democratic People’s Party (PPCD), promoters of a higher electoral threshold up to 6 percent, besides prohibition of electoral blocs have motivated their option by necessity to avoid an excessive fragmentation of the future Parliament[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

Vote of Moldovans living abroad
Igor Botan, February 23, 2009
Claims by some electoral contestants to ensure the electoral right of Moldovan nationals working abroad are absolutely legitimate. Even more, it is worth to mention that ensuring the electoral right of Moldovan gastarbeiters is more legitimate than that sanctioned by laws, by Constitution and electoral legislation[]

Elections

Ballots of Moldovan citizens from Transnistrian region
Igor Botan, February 14, 2009
After the independence of the Republic of Moldova was declared, Moldovan authorities could not make conditions to organise elections in the eastern rayons from the left bank of the Dniester controlled by the separatist administration. The latter has constantly resisted, claiming that Transnistria would be an independent state[]

ElectionsTransnistria

Universal, equal, direct, secret and free suffrage, what for?
Igor Botan, February 1, 2009
The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) hopes to win uncompromisingly the April 5, 2009 parliamentary elections. More than half a dozen of opposition parties credited with chances to succeed the 6-percent electoral threshold or have a rating close to the threshold are dreaming the same[]

Elections

Moscow-related hopes of Chisinau and Tiraspol or “Moscow never sleeps”?
Maxim Kuzovlev, January 18, 2009
Two meetings between Voronin and Smirnov have been organised under Moscow’s pressure last year. The first one was hosted by the Bender City Council, and the second meeting took place at the artistic centre for children and youths in Tiraspol[]

Transnistria