CoE secretary responds to approach made by Parliament Speaker

The dissolution of a Parliament elected by free and fair elections is a last resort that can be applied only by obeying the spirit and the letter of the Constitution, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić said in response to Parliament Speaker Zinaida Grechanyi’s request concerning the opportunity of dissolving Parliament, IPN reports.

According to the Parliament’s press service, in her response Marija Pejčinović Burić made a call for responsibility to all the institutions and interested parties in the Republic of Moldova so as to avoid a constitutional crisis, which is even more necessary in the current period marked by the health crisis.

Zinaida Grechanyi underlined the inadmissibility of setting a dangerous precedent in the Republic of Moldova, when attempts are made to undermine all the democratic principles and norms. According to her, if this precedent is set, it could be used in the future by any other political force and no democratic norm in the Republic of Moldova will then have sense.

Parliament Speaker Zinaida Grechanyi addressed a letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Marija Pejcinovic, asking “to mediate the situation created in the Republic of Moldova, where President Maia Sandu is trying to usurp the power in the state”. The letter notes there are no circumstances for dissolving Parliament, but the President insists on this, contrary to the constitutional provisions. Then, the spokeswoman for the presidential administration Sorina Ștefârță said the CoE knows very well the situation in the Republic of Moldova and knows who generated and continues to generate democratic backsliding in the country.

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