EDITORIAL: A Fresh Start for Moldova

EDITORIAL: A Fresh Start for Moldova
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05 August 2021 | 13:50

The burden that the Action and Solidarity Party has taken on is enormous … It will be hard for everybody. It will be easy neither for them, nor for those with too high expectations, but especially for those who have transformed Moldova, over the years, into a gambling house … For them, political meteorology announces difficult times.

The parliamentary majority, the new Government, and the Presidency will work together so that no one is above the law. This is one of our major commitments for the coming years. The days when good laws were left only on paper are gone … The battle in the administration is one to be fought and won every day. I say it with all the responsibility, from the first day of functioning of the new Parliament: from this moment, I declare zero tolerance for corruption, at any level and in any institution”. 

These are some of the commitments of the Action and Solidarity Party, pointed out on Monday at the opening of the first working session of the new Parliament by President Maia Sandu. It was a harsh message, which disturbed, in some places and panicked again the neo-communist left, which is to blame for all the difficult situation in which Moldova ended up. Sandu sent a message to the public from which it becomes clear that the July 11 elections are the red line, beyond which everything as it was, will change. 

The burden that the Action and Solidarity Party has taken on is enormous. An entire state administration system needs to be reformed fundamentally, with other judges, with different prosecutors, ministers, secretaries, and undersecretaries of state, heads of institutions, customs personnel, tax agents, police, local governors. It will be easy neither for them, nor for those with too high expectations, but especially for those who have transformed Moldova, over the years, into a gambling house, confusing the state coffers with their own pockets, own interests – with the state interests, and the thief – with wealth and democracy. For them, political meteorology announces difficult times.

Will Moldova Start Anew? A new beginning after so many attempts in 30 years? “It is time for a real revolution in the way the country will be governed, with the citizen truly placed at the center of the governing effort and with politicians and institutions serving the public interest,” states in the same message Maia Sandu. A new starting point? On November 14, 2020, Igor Dodon lost the presidential election to Maia Sandu. The system was making its first cracks. It was for the first time in all the years since Moldova broke away from the USSR when a leader of the right won an open electoral competition in front of a communist left, which continuously ruled over Moldova. The right takes courage, the left loses it. Eight months later, Dodon’s socialists and Voronin’s communists definitely lose the early parliamentary elections in front of Maia Sandu’s Action and Solidarity Party. Dodon and Voronin, the Socialists and Communists together, took on July 11 a real spanking in the post-Soviet history of Moldova, similar to that taken by the Ottomans in the Battle from Vaslui, January 10, 1475, when Moldova was ruled by Stephen the Great. The battle was between the Moldovan-Hungarian-Polish Christian allied armies, commanded by Stephen the Great, and the Ottoman army under Suleiman Pasha. The Turks, according to the chronicles of the time, suffered a crushing defeat, losing almost the entire army. It is considered the greatest defeat in the history of Islam in front of a Christian army, Stephen the Great being proclaimed, consequently, the hero of Christendom … This is how legends are born, this is how heroes appear in the world, this is how history is written.

On July 26, Maia Sandu convened in the first working session the Parliament-2021, a Parliament with a different majority which, according to her, comes “to serve the interests of the country and the people … We must put an end to the chaos as soon as possible, we will appoint a responsible government, which will be based on a stable majority, and we will make things right. We will get out of the crisis, we will make order in all state institutions, we will work for the good of the people”, the president assured us. You have to be Dodon or Voronin in order to disagree with the need of change in Moldova. The question is: with whom? Everyone is waiting for the Government and in a week or two, we will have it. However, the pressure on the Government will be too great, and the resistance of the left to reforms – enormous. It is possible to reach all sorts of diversions. Will the Action and Solidarity Party manage to do it alone? Will they resist? Will they succeed? Do they have citizens’ support? Yes, society’s support for them remains high, as do expectations. The Diaspora is solidary too, and all its western partners have declared their support. However, in the new conditions, the Government matters, first of all: a competent and efficient Government, ”made up of professionals and dedicated people,” stated the interim president of the Action and Solidarity Party, Igor Grosu. They need a strong Government not only for the internal agenda but for the external agenda too. Let’s not forget that, following the elections, Moscow changed its perspective on relations with Chișinău. “Russia’s policy towards Moldova will depend on the Government that will be elected. If this Government moves away from Russia, then, of course, we will act accordingly, in particular, we will strengthen the Transnistrian factor.” The statement was made after Leonid Kalashnikov was elected head of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Eurasian Integration. What Moscow means by “strengthening the Transnistrian factor” is easy to deduce from what happened in Ukraine in 2014, after Kyiv “moved away” from Russia and went closer to the EU. 

Moscow, as it lost the elections, along with Dodon and Voronin, wants to retaliate.

Russia has lost Moldova’s early parliamentarian elections, as well as its presidential elections. But Russia has not lost control over Moldova. With Russian troops in Transnistria and a puppet regime in Tiraspol, Moldova has no other chance to be free from Russia than by becoming one with Romania …

AUTHOR MAIL eng.zdg@gmail.com

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