Deputies of the Parliament of Moldova from the Liberal Party have begun collecting signatures for a bill to begin procedures for the removal of President Igor Dodon from office.
According to parliamentary regulations, 34 of 101 deputies must sign the bill in order to register it and ensure its subsequent consideration at a Parliamentary session, reports Ukrinform news agency.
As the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Mihai Ghimpu, said, the bill has been sent to all parliamentary factions, with the exception of the Socialist Party faction.
The motive for the declaration for the president's impeachment, according to Ghimpu, is, first of all, the refusal of the Head of State to send Moldovan soldiers to international military exercises. The Liberal Party leader also stressed that "President Igor Dodon continues to promote Russian interests in Moldova."
Moldovan Parliamentary Speaker Andrian Candu said in connection with this that impeachment of the President is a very complicated procedure, and is not limited to registering the bill in the Parliament. At the same time, the head of the Moldovan parliament stressed that the ruling coalition closely follows the activities of the president, and if there are grounds for dismissing the president, appropriate procedures will be initiated.
Earlier in September, the Moldovan government repeatedly nominated a candidate for the post of Minister of Defense who was rejected by Dodon.
In late August, the Moldovan opposition party Action and Solidarity appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office to prosecute President Igor Dodon "for advancing the interests of the Russian Federation and state treasury."