Moldovan opposition leaders leave country

Source : 112 Ukraine

First flights departed from Kishinev to London, Moscow and Odesa, hours after Democratric Party's government led by Pavel Filip announced resignation
12:28, 15 June 2019

Kishinev airport, Air Moldova plane

Politicians and businessmen related to the Democratic Party of Moldova who stand in opposition to President Igor Dodon started to leave the country. The first flights departed from Kishinev on late Friday, hours after Democratric Party's government led by Pavel Filip announced resignation. Interfax news agency reported that referring to the local media.

According to Moldovan TV channels, three private aircraft departed from Kishinev airport on late June 14. According to flightradar24, Bombardier CRJ-200LR eaded for Moscow, Gulfstream G200 landed in Odesa, and the third plane went to London. Another five charter flights were supposed to head for Istanbul.

It is supposed that oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, leader of the Democratic Party was on board of one of these planes. Plahotniuc refused to transfer power untile he eventually succumbed; however, Pahotniuc himself still has not commented on this.

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On June 9, the parliament of Moldova appointed a government and the Prime Minister. Four political parties have come to the parliament after parliamentary elections in Moldova.

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The parliamentary elections and a consultative referendum on reducing the number of MPs from 101 to 61 were held in Moldova on February 24.

The leaders of the race are socialists led by President Igor Dodon, supporters of rapprochement with Russia, and the Democratic Party, which now controls the parliament, representing pro-European forces. It is headed by Vladimir Plahotniuc, the richest man in Moldova, accused of having solely controlled all the authorities. The Democratic Party supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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