Following the failure of the constitutional referendum one can find that the positive consequences balance those negative ones. The following should be mentioned among the negative things:
- misleading the European bodies by Moldovan authorities as if the referendum is the only possibility to overcome the constitutional crisis. Moldova’s strategic goal — European integration, may be irreversibly compromised if Moldovan authorities will further resort to deceptive methods;
- development and implementation by EIA’ components of some extreme procedures for amending the Constitution. If some adventurous politicians or parties with authoritarian leanings would eventually get the power, their eventual resort to the mechanisms and methods used by EIA would represent a real threat to extremely fragile democracy of the Republic of Moldova;
- after early parliamentary elections, scheduled for late November 2010, the newly elected Parliament may find itself in the same situation of incapability to elect the head of state, of course if there won’t be found the mechanisms to overcome the vices of Moldovan politicians to resort to boycott when they cannot find convenient solutions;
- bad example of “touching” the Constitution with simple methods has also generated manifestation of desires within other social to resort to referendum driven by propaganda or populist reasons, without any pressing need in this regard.
The following could be mentioned among the positive things resulting from the failed referendum:
- EIA components come to themselves, to reality, since after less than a year of governance they were affected by arrogance and lack of responsibility. The failed referendum will certainly have a mobilizing impact on EIA components in early elections;
- Constitution stays intact and didn’t undergo through a simplistic amendment procedure, which would desecrate the significance of the Supreme Law. The failure of the referendum makes unlikely the successful use of this mechanism in the future, without the existence of a broad consensus among the main political parties and in society in general;
- Republic of Moldova further remains the only CIS country that elects the head of state indirectly, through the Parliament. This is an opportunity to develop a parliamentary democracy in Moldova, which may become the most advanced EU partners within Eastern Partnership, with all the benefits that may follow from such status.
Finally, the involvement after early parliamentary elections in a serious process of modernization of Moldovan Constitution, the country’s transformation into a genuine parliamentary republic, would be of great use. Participation and consent of the European partners and international democratic institutions, so that this process would bring Moldova closer to EU and would hold back the adventurous impulses to “touch” the Constitution in order to solve some current political problems, would secure an exemplary pro-European roadmap for our country.