Moldova cancels decree on Soviet Occupation Day

Moldova canceled a decree on creating Soviet Occupation Day at the request of the ruling coalition, Moldovan Democratic Party leader Marian Lupu said.

“Virtually, the decree was cancelled,” Lupu said. “Formally, there are two ways to cancel a decree: whether [Moldova’s acting president Mihai] Ghimpu cancels it or the Constitutional court does, which the acting opposition on the part of the Communist Party appealed to,” he continued.

Sources said that Ghimpu has refused to cancel the decree.

Ghimpu on Thursday promulgated a decree establishing June 28 as Soviet Occupation Day in the country and ordering “a monument to victims of Soviet occupation and the totalitarian communist regime to be erected in front of the government building.”

The decree also promoted nationwide commemorative events.

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