Moldavian Ex-President: Conflict in Gagauzia can destabilize Moldova and Transnistria

18.05.2023, Kishinyov.

Kishinyov’s attempts to disrupt the elections of the Bashkan (head) of the Gagauz autonomy may lead to a conflict throughout the country, which will involve Transnistria, said the former president of Moldova and Executive Secretary of the Party of Socialists Igor Dodon on May 18 to RIA Novosti.

He commented on the scandal when special forces of the National Anticorruption Center (NAC) of Moldova blocked the building of the Central Election Committee of Gagauzia late on May 16 and seized the documentation of the elections of the Bashkan before the announcement of the official results.

“I am very much afraid that what is happening in Gagauzia may trigger destabilization of the situation in Moldova as a whole, including Transnistria,” Dodon said.

The politician noted that the current Moldovan government will now find it difficult to negotiate with Transnistria for accession, as they do not want to be in the position of Gagauzia. Dodon hopes that Kishinyov will come to its senses and realize that it needs to negotiate with Komrat and Tiraspol.

As Rossa Primavera News Agency informed, the seizure of documents from the Central Election Committee of Gagauzia, based on a criminal case from 2022, caused discontent among residents of the autonomy. This threatened to disrupt the elections, as the documents were to be reviewed by the Court of Appeal of Komrat to issue an opinion to the members of the National Assembly of Gagauzia.

Local residents gathered outside the Central Electoral Commission did not want to let the police out. Deputies who arrived calmed the people down and announced an emergency meeting. There they voted for the approval of the election results without a decision of the Appeals Chamber. According to the Central Electoral Commission, Yevgenia Gutsul of the Shor party won with just over 50%.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency