Support The Moscow Times!

Moldova's Parliament Sacks Speaker as Crisis Deepens

CHISINAU — Moldova's parliament voted on Thursday to sack its speaker, Marian Lupu, deepening a political crisis that has already led to the resignation of the government.

The parliament cannot pass laws without a full-time speaker and must be dissolved if it does not pass any legislation for three months. It also cannot name a new prime minister without a speaker.

Deputies from the party of former prime minister Vlad Filat sided with opposition communists in voting against Lupu, Filat's former ally in the now-defunct pro-European coalition.

Seventy-six deputies supported a motion to dismiss Lupu, with 67 votes required to pass it.

Earlier this week Moldova's Constitutional Court thwarted Filat's plans to be reinstated as head of government after losing a no-confidence vote in May.


… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more