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Moldovan court nixes Filat's nomination as premier

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 23 April 2013
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April 23, 2013

Vladimir Filat during an address to the parliament in Chisinau in MarchVladimir Filat during an address to the parliament in Chisinau in March

Moldova's Constitutional Court has ruled that former Prime Minister Vlad Filat cannot serve as prime minister because his government lost a no-confidence vote in parliament in March.

On April 10, President Nicolae Timofti nominated Filat to be the next prime minister and asked him to form a new cabinet.

The court ruled late on April 22 that because Filat was dismissed because of corruption suspicions, Timofti must choose another candidate.

A spokesman for Timofti called the ruling "a constitutional disaster."

Filat, who is caretaker prime minister, faced a deadline of April 25 for submitting his new government.

Following the court ruling, it seems increasingly likely that parliament will be dissolved and new elections called because the 31 deputies of Filat's Liberal Democratic party have said they will only support Filat.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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