The Constitutional Court of Moldova rules unconstitutional the President Maia Sandu’s and the PAS party’s option of parliament self-dissolution.
The chairman of the Constitutional Court Domnica Manole stated this at a briefing on January 18, noting that the corresponding request received by the Constitutional Court was declared inadmissible. In particular, in it, the judges of the Constitutional Court were asked to interpret the articles of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova and give an answer whether the option of self-dissolution of the parliament is possible if two-thirds of the total number of MPs vote for such a decision. Domnica Manole recalled that there are only two reasons for snap dissolution of parliament, clearly stipulated in the Constitution: the impossibility of forming a new government or blocking of the procedures for adopting laws in parliament for a period of 3 months. Therefore, the proposed version of self-dissolution of parliament by the votes of two-thirds of MPs is impossible. Domnica Manole also said that the Constitution provides for sanctioning the parliament for its inaction. Thus, 3 months of parliament inaction, non-adoption of laws during this period, as a condition for a possible dissolution of parliament, should depend on parliament, and not on other political actors, and the President of the country has the authority to dissolve the parliament only under the conditions of clear procedures provided for by the Constitution. The President of the Constitutional Court said that the text of the Constitution of Moldova is clear enough and does not need to be re-interpreted. She noted that in countries where parliament self-dissolution is practiced, such a procedure is provided for in their Constitution, while in Moldova there is no such provision. // 18.01.2021 - InfoMarket.