PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS-2019 AND POSTELECTION CRISIS IN MOLDOVA: CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES FOR UKRAINE

Parliamentary elections of 2019 in the Republic of Moldova became a turning point in modern history of this country. The winners’ inability to form a coalition and a government led to a political crisis, which was resolved by creating an alliance of two political forces with diametrically opposite political positions – the pro-Russian Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova and pro-European political bloc ACUM. These political opponents united against the ruling Democratic Party of Moldova and its leader, tycoon Vladimir Plahotniuc. The crisis was resolved thanks to a common position of main external actors – the USA, Russia, and the European Union. This created a fundamentally new reality not only for Moldova but also for Ukraine. There was the actualization of old challenges, including Moldovan pro-Russian forces’ return to power and the creation of conditions for the Transnistrian settlement according to the Russian model.

Parliamentary elections of 2019 in the Republic of Moldova became a turning point in modern history of this country. The winners’ inability to form a coalition and a government led to a political crisis, which was resolved by creating an alliance of two political forces with diametrically opposite political positions – the pro-Russian Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova and pro-European political bloc ACUM. These political opponents united against the ruling Democratic Party of Moldova and its leader, tycoon Vladimir Plahotniuc. The crisis was resolved thanks to a common position of main external actors – the USA, Russia, and the European Union. This created a fundamentally new reality not only for Moldova but also for Ukraine. There was the actualization of old challenges, including Moldovan pro-Russian forces’ return to power and the creation of conditions for the Transnistrian settlement according to the Russian model.
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Artem Fylypenko

Artem Fylypenko is a Director of the Danube-Black Sea region Department at the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine. He is a journalist and a historian. The author of about 30 books and academic publications on the history of Moldovan Republic, the Moldovan-Ukrainian relations, the economy of the Ukrainian Black Sea area. He has also served previously as a press-secretary of the Governor of Odessa region and as a director of the information agency “Kontext-Prichernomorye”.


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