President: Moldova not to allow further neglect of legislation after election

CHISINAU – The Moldovan authorities will not allow anybody to further neglect the legislation, nor will it not allow a knot of extremists drunk of hatred to throw dirt at the country’s democracy after the parliamentary elections, President Vladimir Voronin said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Over the last 24 hours, the situation in Moldova has radically changed,” he said, adding that “after the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections were made public, after the OSCE, the Council of Europe and observers of the European Parliament recognized the election’s outcome, the leaders of the parties that lost the election resorted to forcible seizure of the power.” 

Voronin said all the actions they have taken over the last 24 hours — the seizure of the building of the presidential administration, the storm of parliament, profanation of the Moldovan flag, “can be regarded in no other way but as a putsch.”

“The putschists’ goals are obvious: to destroy the Moldovan state and to liquidate our democracy,” said the president, adding that the organizers of this putsch are hiding behind students, lyceum and school pupils whom they took on the square as a live shield.

“Political means in the circumstances of a putsch are no longer admissible, the Moldovan authorities are standing to decisively protect the country from putschists and to protect the democratic choice of our people,” Voronin said.

The Moldovan protesters, who were against a Communist election victory, had stormed on Tuesday the parliament and the presidential building.

The protests, involving more than 10,000 demonstrators, erupted after the ruling Communist Party led by President Voronin won a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

The results will ensure that the ruling party maintains its control of all three power branches in the former Soviet republic — the parliament, the presidency and the government, which began in 2001.

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