Moldova's liberals agree to form new government
Moldova's three pro-European parties renewed their alliance on Thursday in a bid form a government that could lead the continent's poorest nation out of its economic malaise.
Composed of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, the Democratic Party of Moldova and Liberal Party, the group won 59 seats in last month's election to the former Soviet republic's 101-seat parliament.
The majority enables the bloc to name a formal government that will be charged with drawing up an economic recovery package aimed at diversifying the country's economy and bringing it closer in line with Europe.
But the liberal bloc remains two seats shy of the super-majority it needs to appoint a new head of state, something Moldova has not had on a permanent basis for more than a year.
One of the three liberal party's leaders said Thursday that he will try to find the two extra votes necessary to appoint a new president.
But Liberal Democratic Party leader and current Prime Minister Vlad Filat conceded that he would have to dissolve parliament and call for a new round of national elections if those votes were not found.
The tense standoff between Moldova's liberal and Communist Part has seen Moldovans go to the polls on four occasions in less than two years -- three times to pick a new parliament and once to alter the constitution to have the president elected through direct suffrage.
© 2010 AFP