President Maia Sandu Calls On People to Fight the Socialists’ Controversial Draft Law
The newly-elected president Maia Sandu called on Moldovan citizens to protest and to defend their vote in the presidential election. President Sandu stated that “Dodon’s regime is following oligarch Plahotniuc’s footsteps and trying to steal our election results.” Renato Usatîi, Our Party’s political leader urged his supporters to go out and protest at the Parliament.
10 o’clock (EET): Security Service stationed masked men, with sticks and tear gas, around the Parliament, where people protest against a drafted Law, regarding the coordination activity of the Intelligence and Security Service. The informal Socialists’-Shor coalition Parties’ projects could vote the draft Law today in the Legislature.
Meantime, protesters are on both sides of the Parliament’s building. While people gathered out in front of the State building, Parliament members have blocked the rostrum.
Moldovans from abroad also went out to protest, supporting those at home. Thus, diaspora members living in Ireland came out today in front of the Embassy of Moldova in Dublin, joining the Moldovans protesting in front of the Parliament and the citizens are also requesting early elections.
The Socialist deputies registered yesterday a draft law for the Parliament to coordinate the Intelligence and Security Service’s activity from the head of state. Simultaneously, the same draft law authors voted in June 2019 for the President to lead the Security Service’s activity, when Igor Dodon was the country’s leader. Following Igor Dodon’s loss in the presidential election, the Socialists re-elected the incumbent president as head of the Socialists’ political Party.
In June 2019, most parliamentarians voted for a draft decision by which the Intelligence and Security Service (SIS) came under the subordination of the country’s president. However, the Parliament still controlled the institution. The 2019-approved project stipulates that the Parliament approves and dismisses the Security Service’s director at the President’s recommendation. The head of state coordinates the institution’s activity within his/her competence, being subject to parliamentary control.
Maia Sandu described the attempt of the Socialists Party and Shor Party to remove the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) from the president’s subordination as “an attempt to usurp the state power,” set up by “the person who lost the elections and the trust of the people.”
“They are trying to abusively cancel the November 15 popular vote. The bill with which the majority of Socialist Party and Shor Party came to the parliament today, which proposes that SIS be removed from the subordination of the president, is an anti-democratic abuse set up by the person who lost the elections and the trust of the people. This person, who will soon have no public positions, plans to continue the control over corruption schemes and state institutions. This is an attempt to usurp the state power and to keep in political captivity an institution essential to the fight against corruption.”
The elected president announces to challenge the bill in the Constitutional Court.