Moldova's parliament fails to elect new president in second attempt 2009-12-07 18:39:16   Print

    BUCHAREST, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Moldovan parliament on Monday failed to elect a new president for the second time, as the opposition Communist lawmakers walked out of the session hall before the voting procedure began.

    The only candidate, Democratic Party leader Marian Lupu who was proposed by the governing Alliance for European Integration, was favored by all the 53 coalition deputies in the 101-seat parliament.

    But under the law, 61 votes are necessary to elect the head of state. The ruling alliance is short of eight votes to elect their candidate Lupu as head of state.

    The head of the Communist parliamentary faction Maria Postoico said that Lupu did not want to listen to Communists' arguments, avoiding the chance of creating a central-left "pro-Moldovan coalition," favoring a right-wing "radical alliance."

    Postoico said that Lupu's Democratic Party promotes a pro-state position only in words, while in reality it "has been taking actions to destroy the Moldovan statehood and back the right-wing radical parties."

    The Communist faction's head also blamed the ruling alliance for having "pushed the country towards a snap election."

    The Communist MPs walked out of the session hall, after Postoico ended her speech by saying voting for Lupu would mean "betraying the people" and the Communists "do not sell their country."

    The presidential seat became vacant after ex-President Vladimir Voronin stepped down on Sept. 11. The first attempt to elect the head of state failed as the opposition Communists refused to cast their ballots for Lupu.

    Lupu on Nov. 26 put forward a package of proposals to the Communists to win support for his candidacy. The document includes 12 points. But according to Lupu, the list remains open so that the sides could find a compromise solution and overcome the political crisis.

    The proposals have been agreed upon by the four parties forming the ruling alliance, said Lupu.

    Lupu promised Communists that if they vote for his candidacy, the law on parliamentary opposition will be adopted, and the Communists will have the right to appoint the heads of the Chamber of Auditors and the Central Election Commission. He also promised that a socially-oriented economic policy would be promoted.

    Lupu said that he guarantees the observance of Moldova's neutrality status and is set to promote a reintegration policy based on the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity through consultation with all parliamentary political forces.

    The new parliament was elected in a snap election on July 29 and is made up of 48 representatives of the Communist Party, 18 from the Liberal Democratic Party, 15 from the Liberal Party, 13 from the Democratic Party and seven from the Our Moldova Alliance. The latter four parties in August formed the governing Alliance for European Integration.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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