A Pivotal Moment Looms for Moldova

Oct 24, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
A Pivotal Moment Looms for Moldova
In response to widespread protests near the beginning of the year, Moldovan leaders agreed to revise the constitution to allow for direct presidential elections.
(DORIN GOIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Moldova's political system historically has been split between east and west. Parties identifying with Russia, such as the Communists and Socialists, constantly jockey with those that lean toward Europe, such as the Democratic, Liberal and Liberal Democratic parties. Neither side has managed to gain much of an upper hand: The former camp currently holds 46 seats in Parliament, while the latter controls the other 55. This roughly equal division of representation has made the formation and maintenance of governing coalitions nearly impossible, and early elections, political protests and changes in leadership have become the norm. On Oct. 30, Moldova will hold its first direct vote for the presidency in over two decades. For the past 20 years, Moldova's presidents have been selected by lawmakers rather than the electorate, a process that has consistently led to deadlock in Chisinau's fractious government. But in the wake of widespread protests against Prime Minister Pavel...

Seek Intelligence Over News - 2021 Annual Forecast is Available!

Subscribe Today for $149!

12-Month Introductory Offer for eligible new & returning subscribers.

  • High quality, unbiased analysis of global events
  • Quarterly, annual, and decade geopolitical forecasts
  • Customized notifications, newsletters, and much more

Preview Some FREE Worldview Articles Below:

Free Coronavirus Articles

Free Geopolitical Articles

Article Search

Copyright © Stratfor, an operating unit of RANE Network Inc.

Stratfor Worldview


To empower members to confidently understand and navigate a continuously changing and complex global environment.