A confrontation in Moldova – are pro-Western forces preparing a political assassination of President Dodon?
The Republic of Moldova (RM) is gaining momentum in terms of internal political opposition. On October 20, the Constitutional Court of Moldova authorized the appointment of the Minister of Defense, bypassing the country’s President, Igor Dodon, who is also the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. The decision was motivated by “Dodon’s failure to fulfill his constitutional duties” when he twice rejected the candidacy of Yevgeny Sturza, proposed by Prime Minister Pavel Filip, as defense minister.
The decision of the Constitutional Court, humiliating in itself, is also clothed in a form humiliating for I.Dodon. The court stated that Dodon “is in a state of temporary inability to perform his duties” and authorized to delegate his powers to the chairman of parliament or prime minister. This passage contains a clear allusion to the president’s mental inferiority. President Igor Dodon was elected (in November 2016) as a result of popular vote – so the judges of the Constitutional Court and the parliamentarians standing behind them from the anti-Donodian majority, question the mental worthiness of the entire Moldovan people.
On September 22, the deputies of the Moldovan parliament from the Liberal Party began collecting signatures for the impeachment bill of Igor Dodon. The leader of the Liberal Party, Mihai Ghimpu, noted that the bill was sent to all parliamentary factions, except for the faction of the Socialist Party.
Earlier Dodon, several times, came into conflict with pro-Romanian (pro-Western and pro-NATO) government and parliament, refusing to sign laws passed by the parliament and appoint ministers proposed by the prime minister.
The decisions of the Constitutional Court is yet another volley of an internal political war in the Republic of Moldova. The head of Moldova, Dodon, said that the state should stick to parliamentary rule and possibly hold early parliamentary elections. In this regard, he urged residents of the country to support his demands with actions. They expressed their readiness to take the side of Dodon, especially, in the opposition Socialist Party. This statement was made by the President of the Republic of Moldova on 19 October. It is hardly a coincidence that the scandalous decision of the Constitutional Court is literally the day after the announcement.
The conflict in Moldova develops simultaneously in two planes: internal political and geopolitical.
Post-Soviet Moldova, even more than Ukraine, has become a victim of the oligarchy. If in Ukraine the oligarchy participates in the governance of the state, in Moldova it directly governs the state. The optimal form of oligarchic governance of the Moldovan state is a parliamentary republic, under which the president has very limited powers.
Igor Dodon became president as a result of a popular vote and positions himself as the people’s president. In this respect, his legitimacy as a democratically elected head of state does not compare with claims for legitimacy of a parliamentary majority formed by oligarchic clans. The well-known German political scientist Alexander Rahr beautifully described the essence of this confrontation: “In Moldova, all the levers of the country’s governance are today in the hands of the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc (the richest man in Moldova, the chairman of the Democratic Party, who has a majority in the parliament of the RM). In addition, American advisors work in Moldova. According to their advice, the Moldovan elites are trying to represent the person whom the people elected, as a weakling. All this leads to the dismantling of democratic institutions. This is happening not only in Moldova, but also in the West. ” The political scientist means, first of all, the confrontation in the US between the “deep state” and President Trump.
Alexander Rahr drew attention to the foreign policy aspect of the confrontation in the Republic of Moldova. Indeed, the value of the Moldovan prize increases many times due to this factor. Dodon came to power (almost sensationally defeating pro-Western candidate Maija Sandu). The voters in Moldova voted in accordance with the wishes of ordinary people and the national interests of the country – to restore partnership with Russia. The interests of the Moldovan quasi-elites are in the West. Namely: the complete absorption of Moldova by neighboring Romania, a member of NATO and the EU, and the occupation of the country by the NATO bloc.
Therefore, the struggle in Moldova promises to be serious, and, perhaps, hot. On the side of Dodon is the sympathy of the overwhelming majority of the people. On the side of his enemies – huge money and political and power support of the West (including the NATO bloc). Americans are very flexible in the principles of democracy. In the case of Igor Dodon, they turn a blind eye to the democratic nature of his election and support the parliamentary majority, which has an oligarchic source of power.
The decision of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova is an attempt to assassinate the popularity of the elected Moldovan President Dodon. Judges of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova are trying to prevent the strengthening of his power.
Who will win in the confrontation: the people or the oligarchy? Supporters of the preservation of the independence of Moldova or its absorption by Romania and the occupation of NATO? The issue of resolving this internal political conflict can only be viewed in this simple level.
Originally published on fort-russ.com