EDITORIAL: It is Important not to Disappoint
The elections are over … I don’t know if everyone, at home and in the diaspora, understood in-depth what happened on Sunday in Moldova. That’s because – I wrote in another editorial – the early elections were more than an electoral castling. Although it may seem too loud to say, what has happened, consequently, is a revolution. Crucial, big, small, yellow, velvet – that matters less. It matters that it happened. And that it will, hopefully, have continuity. The parliamentarian elections, which since the presidential one have become the primary option and political belief of Maia Sandu and for which the Action and Solidarity Party struggled for half a year, have occurred. We know with how much effort. The Socialists and the Shor group, although they became members of the Parliament, lost the game with the Action and Solidarity Party and the chance to remain in power. The thing they were afraid of happened, and the change is coming.
Sunday’s elections made July 11 more than a day of election finals. Regardless of what follows, July 11 remains a historic day, with a different destiny for Moldova than the one projected by Dodon-Voronin in complicity with Putin, Kozak, Lavrov, and other leaders of Russian public life. It is the first time in almost 30 years since Independence when a right-wing party aspires to win and wins a parliamentary election. No one up to the Action and Solidarity Party managed such a score. But did anyone on the right, up to the Action and Solidarity Party, want this? Maybe only Matei’s Party of Democratic Forces, in the beginning, and Năstase’s Dignity and Truth Platform Party, a few years ago. In any case, the Christian Democratic People’s Party, which was the leader of the right and the hope in Moldovan politics until 2005, was never concerned about this (except for the Druc period). Iurie Roșca, the leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party, always wanted to be in opposition in the Parliament, with 10-12 active seats. That’s it. It was much more comfortable. First of all, you always had the same excuse that you can’t carry out your electoral program, secondly – you regularly showed up at the microphone with a sharper statement to the government, made a little noise in Parliament, took people to a rally, protest for a month or two and you were applauded. And so it was until 2005 when things started to unravel, and people began to understand why we have a Declaration of Sovereignty and we are not sovereign, why we have a Declaration of Independence and we are not independent, why we have a Constitution, but we do not live according to the Constitution, why we have right-wing parties, but only left-wing parties govern Moldova … the Action and Solidarity Party will have to leave as little room as possible for unanswered “whys”.
On Sunday, nothing else happened, except what had happened in the presidential elections – 2020, when the electorate turned its back to the left, and Maia Sandu deprived Dodon of a new mandate. The surprise was and remains even greater, as none of the three electoral favorites (the Action and Solidarity Party, the Bloc of Communists and Socialists, and the Shor Party) were credited, during the campaign, by the opinion polls with more than 37, 4% (the Action and Solidarity Party), 37.1% (the Bloc of Communists and Socialists) and 6% (Shor Party), while the final score, made public by the CEC, is over 52% for the Action and Solidarity Party (63 seats out of 101), slightly over 27% (32 seats, almost twice less compared to the Action and Solidarity Party) for the Bloc of Communists and Socialists and 5.7% (6 seats, for Shor). It is not clear where the polls failed, in any case, the results of the vote left several party leaders speechless. Igor Dodon, who a week earlier had taken his election squads to parade through Chişinău, encouraging his army with “We are many, the victory is ours”, muttered for a day and a night and appeared in front of the press only the next day, for a few minutes. Voronin is silent until today, Shor, went into anonymity, Renato Usatîi, everyone’s opponent, announced his resignation from the position of mayor of Bălți and, possibly, from the leadership of Our Party, the leadership of the Dignity and Truth Platform Party has also resigned, the Democratic Party cannot recover from shock…
Why the right became so powerful? Why did the left lose? Where is the electorate in Russia, Transnistria, Găgăuzia, which Dodon and Voronin have always claimed to be theirs? Their electorate is declining, at least it’s not so uninformed and naive as 6, 10, 20 years ago … Especially the one at home or in the Western diaspora. The ruling left has been completely compromised by thefts: people are tired of misery and poverty, of being treated with indulgence only between election campaigns, of being fed with slogans that have drained them of strength and hope, they are tired of being lied and bought with 10 euros at the elections. How long could it last? People needed an alternative and tied their hopes to the Action and Solidarity Party in 2020, in the presidential elections, and in the recent parliamentary elections. The electoral bonus, which was granted to them, is enormous for a party that is only in the second parliamentary election and that has not been, except for a few months, in government. Will this Party resist? The Action and Solidarity Party has to carry out an extremely hard program, with all the commitments it has from the two electoral campaigns – presidential and parliamentary: pensions, salaries, allowances, roads, foreign investment, economic recovery, reforms in all areas and, first and foremost, in the judiciary, the fight against corruption, the eradication of theft and state banditry, cleanliness in public institutions, modernization of Moldova … Expectations are high. The biggest difficulty for the Action and Solidarity Party is not the high expectations, but the problems that are too many and too big. In fact, nothing is impossible. The most important thing is not to disappoint – you and others.