Moldova’s pro-Russian prime minister resigns following protests

FILE PHOTO: Ion Chicu, Moldova's newly appointed Prime Minister, speaks in Chisinau, Moldova November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Vladislav Culiomza/File Photo

CHISINAU, Moldova — Moldova’s pro-Russian prime minister has resigned since he put it paves the way to an early parliamentary election and also”bring normalcy” into the small former Soviet country.

Prime Minister Ion Chico, that headed a pro-Russian government because November 2019, tendered his resignation Wednesday, a day ahead of the nation’s recently elected pro-Western president, Maia Sandu, is expected to take office.

The president may dissolve parliament if the prime minister resigns and you will find just two failed efforts to discover a successor.

Chico, who announced his resignation following a meeting with Dodon, stated an early parliamentary election was the”priority goal to be able to bring normalcy into Moldova.”

Moldova’s presidential election in November has been regarded as a referendum on two divergent dreams for the future of this Eastern European country of 3.5 million people who are sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania.

Sandu, a former World Bank economist who favors closer ties with the European Union, also Dodon, who Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized as his favorite candidate, were competitions since he defeated her at the 2016 presidential race. Sandu’s decisive victory over Dodon in November was broadly regarded as a sign that Moldova was leaning toward closer cooperation with the European Union.

Since presidential elections, tens of thousands have attended protests demanding the resignation of Chico’s authorities. But, Dodon insisted Wednesday the Chico wasn’t resigning because he reacted to public pressure.

“This is a decision taken at the ideal time rather than under the strain of protests,” Dodon explained.

Moldova is among the weakest countries in Europe with almost 1.2 million of its individuals estimated to be residing overseas. It depends heavily on remittances, and closer ties with the EU are usually viewed as more likely than people with Moscow to result in some long-elusive political equilibrium.

Back in 2014, although it had been conducted with a pro-European coalition, Moldova signed a bargain on closer political and economic ties with the EU, currently a bloc of 27 states.