Iurie Leanca is new prime Minister and Cabinet appointed


The Moldovan parliament yesterday appointed Iurie Leanca (49) as the new prime minister. They also approved the programme of the new government and the full Cabinet.

In total, 58 of the 101 members of the parliament voted for the new government. The previous Alliance for European Integration government collapsed on 5th March when members of the two smaller coalition parties voted against the then prime minister Vlad Filat in a no-confidence motion centred on control of the justice system.

Since April Iurie Leanca, a former foreign minister has been acting as prime minister. After the collapse of Vlad Filat’s government it looked as though the country might be forced into an early general election, but pro-European parliamentarians have rallied around the new prime minister to keep the Communist bloc at bay.

There are four new ministers in the Cabinet voted in yesterday (see first four names in the list below). Moldpres reports that “The new government’s priorities include the European integration, the sustainable economic growth, the reform of the judicial system and of the law-enforcement bodies, the fight against poverty and the efficient public management”.

The full list of the new Cabinet as published on the state run Moldpres news agency website is as follows:

Vasile Botnari; Minister of Transport and Road Infrastructure
Monica Babuc; Minister of Culture
Natalia Gherman; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Integration
Octavian Bodişteanu; Minister of Youth and Sport
Tatiana Poting; Deputy Prime Minister
Eugen Carpov; Deputy Prime Minister
Valeriu Lazar; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economics
Veaceslav Negruţa; Minister of Finance
Oleg Efrim; Minister of Justice
Dorin Recean; Minister of Interior
Vitalie Marinuta; Minister of Defence
Marcel Raducan; Minister of Regional Development and Construction
Vasile Bumacov; Minister of Agriculture and Food
Gheorghe Salaru; Minister of Environment
Maia Sandu; Minister of Education
Valentina Buliga; Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family
Pavel Filip; Minister of Information Technologies and Communications
Andrei Usatîi; Minister of Health.

The government of Moldova website hasn’t, as yet, been updated with the new ministers, but should shortly give the new names with biographical details here.

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