Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Complete and Utter Nonsense

Whatever credibility was left in Moldova's battered constitution evaporated during the course of 20 minutes earlier this morning.

The new session of Parliament started off badly, with the chief judge of the constitutional court making laughable claims about the 'correctness' of the elections and supporting this by reference to the discredited initial report of the OSCE monitoring mission.

Things started to get really ridiculous, however, when 74-year-old communist Ioan ("Ivan") Calin was put in the chair to preside over the session. At the start of the Parliamentary session, no speaker has been elected, and thus the honour of presiding (temporarily) goes to the oldest member of the Parliament.

This person only has one job - to supervise the election of the speaker of Parliament, who would then take over the chairmanship of proceedings. Not our Ivan. No, our Ivan was going to ensure that he got his 15 minutes of fame by delivering a written rant against the opposition and unspecified internal and external enemies.

By the way, Parliamentary Speakers (even temporary ones) aren't supposed to deliver political speeches in Parliament as far as I am aware. Their job is to chair debates in an unbiased manner, giving equal scope to all members to express their views. Being a good communist, however, our Ivan was prepared to overlook such democratic niceties.

The cherry on the cake was when our Ivan unilaterally declared the meeting closed. This was wrong in so many ways:
1. The meeting failed to meet it's primary purpose, i.e. the election of a legitimate speaker. This should have been the first order of business.
2. The opposition was denied the right of reply to the accusations that our Ivan had levied against them.
3. What right does a single deputy have to terminate a session? Don't the views of the other 100 deputies come into play? At the very least there should have been a grounded motion to terminate.
4. Parliamentary regulations require that an agenda be circulated before every meeting, and the opposition must have a substantial degree of input into setting the agenda. No agenda was issued for this meeting.

Come on, European Union, call a spade a spade and delegitimise this miserable communist regime. In the three major opposition parties Moldova has serious and capable politicians who are willing to work closely with you to create a country fit and worthy to takes its place at the table in Brussels. It's time to give them the support they need.

1 comment:

  1. nice article; Moldovan democracy under this odious PCRM regime is a sham.