President asks CC if there is any point in nominating prime minister now
The President’s Office today has formally asked the Constitutional Court to clarify whether the head of state can nominate a candidate for prime minister considering that Parliament still doesn’t have a leadership.
During a press conference, presidential aide Maxim Lebedinschi noted that in its 27 years as an independent nation Moldova hasn’t seen such a “situation of political crisis” where the speaker at least cannot be elected.
The Constitution states that the failure to appoint a prime minister and a cabinet in three months leads to the dissolution of Parliament. Also, there must be at least two nominations within a span of 45 days before Parliament can be dissolved.
“So we ask the honorable Court to clarify whether the President of Moldova is required to make this nomination or these nominations at all, given Parliament’s inability to conduct business and hold meetings”, said Lebedinschi, adding that President Igor Dodon will “reserve himself the right” not to make them, and eventually dissolve Parliament and trigger snap elections, if the Court says it’s all right.
By law, the Court has six months to respond, but the President’s Office requests a fast-track procedure given the urgency of the matter, hoping for a ruling in a week or two.