Moldova – First meeting of commission investigating April events marked by divergences

The first meeting of the commission that is investigating the April protests was marked by misunderstandings. The commission’s head Vitalie Nagacevschi and deputy head Vadim Misin could not agree on a report on the accuracy of the parliamentary elections.

At the first meeting held on Tuesday, October 27, the members formulated the commission’s regulations and decided to invite representatives of international organizations to their meetings.

The Liberal-Democratic MP Vitalie Nagacevschi suggested preparing a report on the April 5 legislative elections. The Communist MP Vadim Misin demanded that the report should include only facts, not reports by experts or information from the press as their accuracy is questionable.

As a result of discussions, it was decided that at the next meeting that will be held in a week every member will propose matters that they consider should be examined by the commission.

After the meeting, Vitalie Nagacevschi said it is not excluded that the press will not be allowed at the next meetings in order to avoid political statements. He also said that the former head of state Vladimir Voronin and other state functionaries could be invited to the commission’s meetings for hearings.

The commission set up by the Parliament a week ago is to investigate the causes and consequences of the April violent protests and present the results within 60 days. Nagacevschi said they might need more time and could ask the Parliament to extend the term.

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