Speaker of the Moldovan Parliament Andrian Candu, who by the decision of the country's constitutional court became the acting president, signed a law prohibiting retransmission of Russian news and information and analytical programs (the law against propaganda). The parliament’s press service reported this.
The draft amendments to the Code on Television and Radio, which prohibit Russian news and analytical programs on television and radio, was adopted by the parliament on December 7 in two readings. According to the changes proposed by the democrats, the news broadcasted by Moldovan broadcasters can only be produced in the EU, USA, Canada and countries that have ratified the convention on cross-border television (Russia has not ratified it). Fines for violation of this regulation were set in the amendments.
On December 20, President Dodon returned the bill to the parliament for revision, and on December 22, the parliament adopted it again without changes. The president for the second time refused to promulgate the law, referring to "the highest interests of the people", and appealed to the Constitutional Court with request to consider its constitutionality.
On January 5, the Constitutional Court ruled out that the Parliament’s Speaker Andrian Candu or Prime Minister Pavel Filip could promulgate the bill instead of Dodon.
The Constitutional Court decided to suspend the president for the first time on October 17, 2017. At that tme, the court ruled that the speaker of the parliament or the prime minister can temporarily act as president if necessary. This way, without the president's signature, the Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza was appointed. The Constitutional Court decided that if Dodon is unwilling to fulfil his constitutional duties, then appointing the acting president in his stead is justified.