Marian Lupu: AEI has not yet distributed posts

MOLDOVA

The president of the Liberal Democratic Party (PDM) Marian Lupu said Wednesday that the Alliance for European Integration (AEI) has not yet decided how to distribute the key posts in the state. “The discussions go on,” Marian Lupu said.

Making reference to reliable sources in the AEI, the press reported Wednesday that Lupu would like to hold the post of Speaker, not as the four Liberal-Democratic leaders agreed. Asked to comment, the PDM leader denied these reports, stressing that the discussions are not based on one’s wishes to hold or not a certain post.

Under the previous agreements, as reported by the press, the post of Speaker was to be held by the president of the PLDM Vlad Filat. Now Marian Lupu would like the position of head of Parliament so as to be the acting president of Moldova in case of early elections.

”Our task is much more complicated. The AEI’s goal is to elect the Speaker, co nstitute the working bodies of the Parliament, elect the head of state and the prime minister and govern the county,” Marian Lupu told IPN. “We must pursue this objective no matter what obstacles the Communists Party (PCRM) erects.

”If we achieve this objective, we will avoid new early elections, which would be a catastrophe,” he said.

Asked who might spread false information about the distribution of the posts, Marian Lupu said that it could be a trick by the PCRM and it is rather improbable that it was a leak from the AEI. “This information is disseminated by those that do not want the coalition to be strong, but want to destroy it,” Marian Lupu said.

The first sitting of the new Parliament was set for August 28.

The Liberal leader Mihai Ghimpu earlier said that the three main posts will be held by the PLDM, PL and PDM and that the AMN agrees with this.

Greceanyi Government II tenders res ignation
The Second Greceanyi Government Wednesday offered its resignation as its term in office expired. The new Parliament is to take cognizance of the resignation at its first sitting scheduled for August 28. Until a new cabinet is named, the executive will manage the public affairs, but will make no decisions, Info-Prim Neo reports.

Before handing in the resignation, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Dodon presented a report on the social-economic development of Moldova mainly during 2000-2008.

He said that during eight years, the GDP rose 3.9 times in nominal terms, the salary in economy increased 6.2 times, from 407 lei to 2,528 lei, while the average pension grew sixfold, from 85 lei to 646 lei. The minimum subsistence level rose to 1,368 lei.

According to Dodon, the revenues into the national public budget increased from 5.4 billion lei to 25.5 billion lei at the end of 2008. The expenditure rose 4.5 times, from 5.8 billion lei to 2 6.1 billion lei. The capital expenses grew 5.6 times, from 796 million lei to 4.4 billion lei.

Igor Dodon also said that the expectancy at life in the period rose from 67.6 years to 69.4 years, while the absolute poverty line fell fourfold.

Prime Minister Zinaida Greceanyi said that this report is not a review on the work of the current executive, but rather an analysis of the accomplishments that are sometimes forgotten. She added that the present Government enjoyed the support of the society, the Parliament and the Presidential Office and thanked President Vladimir Voronin for this.

In his speech, Vladimir Voronin praised the Government for its work, underlining that it contributed to better living standards in Moldova.

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