Moldovan president says mass protests may hinder EU bid

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti says that opponents of European integration may take advantage of mass protests

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti.

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti said in a conference on Wednesday that opponents of his country's integration into the European Union may take advantage of mass protests against his government.

The protesters have set up a camp in Moldova's capital Chisinau, calling for Timofti's resignation and early elections after a $1bn bank fraud case surfaced.

The set up dozens of tents in the largest square of the capital city and held a mass rally with the participation of thousands of people on Sunday calling for compensation for a fall in living standards caused by the fraud.

President Nicolae Timofti said on Wednesday,"Those who have nostalgia for the Soviet past and are eager to take the country off the European road may grasp this opportunity," and added ,"The situation in the country remains tense and we should mull over it so that we don't saw off the bough we are sitting on."

The protesters say Moldova "has been seized by oligarchs" and demand the resignations of top officials and heads of watchdog bodies as well as early parliamentary elections and direct presidential elections by the public.

The protests are the largest that Moldova has seen for years.

The protest camp in Chisinau's national square was set up by two opposition forces - the Socialist Party and Our Party which both support  strengthening Moldova’s statehood and closer relations with Russia, and the Dignity and Justice movement which favours European integration and blames the authorities "for discrediting it by fraud."

TRTWorld and agencies