It has already been five months since truly significant changes overtook Moldova. The parliamentary elections made it possible to form a new ruling coalition and get rid of Vladimir Plahotniuc, who became a real curse for the republic. However, for this story, it is still too far to a happy ending. It was rather the beginning of a new chapter and it is still unknown what it will end with.
During the reign of the Democratic Party in Moldova, its leader, Vladimir Plahotniuc, became the personification of injustice and corruption. He made the judiciary convenient for himself, manipulated law enforcement agencies and even the Parliament. If he needed to push through an unpopular law, the President was temporarily suspended from the performance of duties through lawmakers. This practice is not popular in modern countries, because it plays against their reputation. But Plahotniuc did not care much.
Oddly enough, it was this man who for years defended the idea of European integration of the republic — not the best advertisement for the EU. It is clear why everyone breathed a sigh of relief when, in summer, Plahotniuc was nevertheless able to get dismissed. Exactly! He himself was not eager to give up power even after the creation of a new parliamentary coalition.
Now the scandalous politician is escaping, while in Moldova there is a new and no less curious leadership. The situation forced the two parties to unite with a completely different ideology. The ACUM bloc stands for European integration and has actually occupied the niche of Plahotniuc, and the Party of Socialists invariably supports rapprochement with Russia. When it came to the distribution of power, ACUM leader Maya Sand got the Prime Minister’s chair. The first Vice-premier was her closest associate, Andrei Nastase. He was appointed Minister of the Interior. In general, key ministries fell into the hands of the pro-European party.
It seemed that the ideas trampled into the mud by Plahotniuc had a chance of revival. Moldavians are increasingly looking towards Russia. ACUM could well correct this situation, because the power that the party had never dreamed of before appeared to be in their hands. But power has become the problem. After one hundred days of the Sandu government’s work, the Prime Minister had to admit that the only achievement of the new leadership was the dismissal of Plahotniuc. She compared Moldova with a ship and noted that a lot of effort was devoted only to keep this «ship» afloat. Simply put, she had nothing to brag about.
Even the corruption system of the previous leadership was not so easy to figure out. What is the recent scandal in Chisinau worth? As it turned out, the front company of Plahotniuc sponsored the celebration of the anniversary of the country’s capital founding.
However, with all this, ACUM leaders do not miss the opportunity to conflict with the socialists and President Igor Dodon. Of course, they also add fuel to the fire, pointing to the numerous failures of the government. Dodon did not even rule out the renewal of the composition of the government, for which he received a storm of indignation from Maya Sandu. The peculiarity of the situation is that ACUM has been in opposition for too long. The power that they got was clearly dizzy, and vanity could play a cruel joke. They gained power by chance. But to gain power and rule are two different things. They were blinded by the desire to prove something. So far, this only benefits the pro-Russian forces, whose positions are strengthened by the defeat of the Sandu team. But pride does not allow her to admit mistakes.
The problem is also that the EU has high hopes for ACUM. In the end, there is simply no other choice, because there are few parties in Moldova. And if Sandu continues to act in the same way, then the popularity of ACUM will quickly approach the figures of the Democratic Party of Plahotniuc, as well as the idea of European integration.