Moldovan Parliament confirms Gavrilita is President’s choice for new Prime Minister | World news
CHISINAU (Reuters) – The Moldovan parliament on Friday confirmed the government of pro-Western President Maia Sandu after her PAS party won a snap election in July promising to root out corruption and restore ties with the European Union.
The Parliament approved the nomination by Sandu of Natalia Gavrilita as the new Prime Minister by 61 votes out of the 101 seats in Parliament.
Gavrilita, 43, was finance minister when Sandu was prime minister in 2019, in a short-lived government that fell in a vote of no confidence within months.
“We will clean the state institutions of corrupt officials,” Gavrilita said ahead of the vote.
Sandu defeated his pro-Russian predecessor Igor Dodon in a presidential election in November and called the snap parliamentary ballot to consolidate his power.
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Gavrilita’s program includes an overhaul of the prosecutor’s office, which she accused of slow-moving corruption cases. Attorney General Alexandru Stoianoglo said his office was acting in accordance with the law.
The new government expects to receive 600 million euros ($ 708 million) in aid from the European Union between 2022 and 2024, as well as money from the International Monetary Fund.
The West and Russia are vying for influence in the former Soviet republic of 3.5 million people, which is one of the poorest countries in Europe and suffered a severe economic recession during the pandemic .
Moldova, which borders EU member Romania, has been plagued by instability and corruption scandals in recent years, including the $ 1 billion disappearance from the banking system.
(Reporting by Alexander Tanas; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Mike Harrison)
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