Dodon Ally Becomes Moldova’s New Anti-Graft Chief

Moldova on Monday selected the Secretary-General of the Presidency, Ruslan Flocea, as the new head of the National Anti-corruption Centre, CNA.

The Commission for the Judiciary, Appointments and Immunities of the Moldovan Parliament held a contest for the post of CNA head after having extended the deadline for the submission of files on candidates by one week.

Moldova Faces Turmoil as Court Outlaws New Govt

Moldova faces a fresh political crisis after the Constitutional Court declared the new government, led by the pro-European leader Maia Sandu and sworn in on Saturday, illegal.

The Court, which is widely seen as heavily influenced by the Democratic Party, also ordered the dissolution of parliament, which means new legislative elections must be held.

Diplomatic Intervention Breaks Moldova’s Political Deadlock

The pro-European political bloc ACUM and the pro-Russian Socialist Party, PSRM, held talks on Tuesday about the possibility of establishing a new parliamentary majority in Moldova after almost three months of political deadlock.

The negotiations started after US, EU and Russian officials visited Moldova on Monday.

Dodon Urges Moldovans in Russia to Vote in Election

Moldova's pro-Russian President, Igor Dodon, has called on all members of the huge Moldovan diaspora in Russia to vote in the next Moldovan elections on February 24, 2019, whether or not they have issues with their Russian work and residence permits.

He has promised that Moscow will turn a blind eye to such problems if they come home to vote.

Russian Patriarch Cuts Short Planned Visit to Moldova

Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon said on Tuesday that Russian Patriarch Kirill will visit Moldova from October 27 to 28 - a shorter visit than the four-day trip that was initially announced.

The Russian Patriarch has cancelled his planned sermon in Tiraspol in the breakaway region of Transnistria.