President appoints interim PM


Following the successful no-confidence motion which brought down the government of Prime Minister Valeriu Streleț on Thursday the president has appointed an interim Prime Minister.

President Nicolae Timofti has appointed Deputy Prime Minister Gheorghe Brega to be the interim Prime Minister and to form a new government.

Brega is from the Liberal Party (PL), a pro-European centre-right party with 13 of the 101 seats in parliament. Streleț was from the pro-European centre-right Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM) with 19 seats which is also part of the Alliance for European Integration III and which includes the centre-left pro-European Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) with 19 seats.

The president will be expecting Brega to bring the three parties back together again, although the Democratic Party voted against Prime Minister Streleț in the no-confidence motion, and create a new pro-European majority. Parliament has three months to approve a new government.

Talks started on Saturday but did not include the PLDM. The Leanca group which consists of three unaffiliated MPs, former Prime Minister Iurie Leancă, Eugen Carpov and Nicolae Juravschi all from the PLDM did participate in the talks.

Further talks take place on Monday but at the moment it looks unlikely that enough pro-European MPs can be gathered to form a coalition government.

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