Politics of Moldova
Moldova's government will have seven new members, and only four ministers will keep their seats in a surprise reshuffle announced on Tuesday by the leader of the ruling of the Democratic Party of Moldova, PDM, Vlad Plahotniuc.
He explained that the PDM wants a more "technocratic" and professional government as well as more feminine representation, with four women in the new cabinet.
Moldova withdraw its ambassador Andrei Neguta from Moscow for an "undetermined period" on Monday afternoon. as relations between Russia and the former Soviet republic continue to plummet.
The foreign ministry stated that the measure was taken because Russian officials had harassed and intimidated officials and politicians from Moldova, without citing precise examples.
Moldova's pro-Russian President, Igor Dodon, and the country's ruling pro-European Democratic Party are at odds once again over a law designed to curb Russian broadcast propaganda, which parliament adopted on Thursday.
Dodon, who has opposed the bill since it was introduced to parliament by the Democratic Party leader Vladimir Plahotniuc, says he will not promulgate it.
A NATO office will open shortly in the former Soviet republic of Moldova, it was announced, after Moldova's pro-Western Prime Minister Pavel Filip met NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.
Both sides said was agreed that Moldova will remain militarily neutral, according to its constitution, but Filip underlined that it wants to strengthen its relationship with NATO.