On February 18, 2021, humanity made a huge step towards conquering outer space. A US space agency ship named Perseverance Mars Rover landed on the planet Mars. NASA’s Perseverance rover has a special mission on Mars: to collect samples, materials, and substances that will be sent back to Earth, which is a first-time experience. Humanity is looking for life on Mars as well as for development and flight opportunities.
Could we compare Mars and Moldova? Why make it? Because I have the feeling that a large part of Moldovan politicians is waiting for the Martians to solve their problems. Leaders and members of all parliamentary factions admit that the current Parliament is no longer functional, that deputies cannot form a healthy, uncorrupted majority that represents the citizens’ will, but when it comes to taking real actions and initiate early elections, the distance from intention to action seems longer than the distance from Mars to Earth.
“I firmly say that early elections will be held in June. My firm position is that the faction of the Socialist Party should not vote for the Prime Minister candidate,” Igor Dodon declared at the beginning of February. In the middle of February, however, neither he nor the Socialist Party deputies feel that firm about early elections. The factions that are on friendly terms with the socialists, their ex-friends, and their enemies, all admit that they want early elections, but not right now.
On February 16, Corneliu Furculiță, deputy of the Socialist Party, declared for ZdG that a technocrat government is needed first. “We believe that we need a technocrat government for a short period of time. Otherwise, the country risks entering a deep economic and social crisis,” said Furculiță. Note that the government appointed by the Socialist Party dispersed like partridges before former Prime Minister Ion Chicu announced his resignation. Note also that Aureliu Ciocoi heads the current interim Government, left in power by the Socialists. Does Corneliu Furculiță truly believe that the Socialists can vote for another government, proposed by the Action and Solidarity Party or the Political Platform Dignity and Truth or Shor Party or Democratic Party? What would be the use of a government that does not represent them? Why not enter the election campaign with this government that is the flesh and blood of the Party of Socialists? In my opinion, the Socialist Party does not want to lose their parliamentary seats after they lost the presidential one.
Pavel Filip, the leader of the Democratic Party, has a message similar to that of Furculiță regarding early elections: “Early elections now would mean another lost year. Everyone will be in the campaign for half a year, and in the other half forming coalitions. Who will take care of the salaries, pensions, etc.? ” he asks rhetorically even though he knows, as former Prime Minister, that parties and deputies are involved in election campaigns, while the Government, be it interim or temporary, should not be involved in any way in elections, dealing strictly with executive issues, including salaries and pensions. As a former Prime Minister and current deputy, Filip certainly knows that the Government is to provide pensions, not the Parliament nor the oligarchs nor the party leaders.
Even Marina Tauber from the Shor party admits the necessity of early elections as the current composition of the Parliament has integrity problems, but first, she says, we need “to solve the most pressing problems that can no longer be postponed, such as vaccination against COVID-19, providing support to the business sector, severely affected by the pandemic, and identifying solutions to help farmers.” I think that all these deputies either regard themselves as prime ministers or consider the rest of the people stupid. Everyone knows that a team appointed by the Government, together with the World Health Organization, is already dealing with vaccination, as well as with other hot issues.
The current situation in Parliament clearly indicates that any attempt of the parties to form a majority and to vote for a new government is an act of suicide: the Socialist Party will lose votes if they associate with the Shor Party, Action and Solidarity Party, and the Political Platform Dignity and Truth will lose votes if they associate with the Socialist Party, the Democratic Party, Pro Moldova and For Moldova will lose anyway because in their recent past they voted for Plahotniuc’s electoral fakes. However, do the deputies expect that the Martians will come and solve their problems? There is no political formula that would benefit the deputies in the current composition of the Parliament; no gains for anyone without losing something. There is, however, great suffering in our country, and people want to choose something else.
In 2021, humanity is on the verge of discovering life on Mars, but Moldovan lawmakers are still wondering if there is life after parliament’s dissolution. Yes, there is. There is so much space to build a new life in the abandoned villages, only the Parliament must consist of brave, upright, and persevering deputies.