Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Moldova: Changes to the Constitution are essential say PACE co-rapporteurs

Josette Durrieu (France, SOC) and Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of the obligations and commitments of Moldova, today made the following statement:

"We have taken note of the results of the second round of the presidential election in Moldova, which took place today, and we note that the institutional deadlock continues. Clearly, in pursuance of the legislation in force, parliament must be dissolved and parliamentary elections held in 2010. In the meantime, the Speaker of Parliament carries out the duties of the President of the Republic. This is a temporary situation which must not endure.

Furthermore, constitutional changes are now essential in the interests of the country and of its progress towards genuine democracy. The Council of Europe confirms its readiness to give the requisite assistance to the Moldovan authorities in this step. We therefore call on the authorities to refer this matter with the utmost urgency to the Venice Commission, so as to start work on the various options for constitutional changes. It should be noted that it is parliament's role to decide on any changes which are to be made."

Source: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Strasbourg 7 December 2009

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