On Thursday 30th May, 58 MPs voted to form the new government of Moldova, under the leadership of Iurie Leancă.
The new government is as follows:
Minister of Transport and Road Infrastructure – Vasile Botnari
Minister of Culture – Monica Babuc
Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration – Natalia Gherman
Minister of Youth and Sports – Octavian Bodişteanu
Minister of Economy – Valeriu Lazar
Minister of Finance – Veaceslav Negruţa
Minister of Justice – Oleg Efrim
Minister of Defence – Dorin Recean
Minister of Regional Development and Construction – Marcel Răducan
Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry – Vasile Bumacov
Minister of Environment – Gheorghe Şalaru
The European Union cautiously welcomed the news. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy said in a statement:
“This puts an end to a protracted political crisis that has endangered the stability of Moldova’s state institutions. We invite the authorities and the citizens of the Republic of Moldova to consider the need for constitutional reform to strengthen systemic checks and balances, and to prevent the emergence of similar crises in the future.”
The previous government of Moldova lost a confidence vote in March, triggering a constitutional crisis when incumbent Prime Minister Vlad Filat was barred from standing for office again. The Moldovan parliament passed a raft of constitutional reforms which included moves against the judiciary, higher bars to entry for smaller parties & increased powers for the interim government, headed by Iurie Leancă.