Moldova’s prime minister resigns over education status probe

Moldova’s prime minister announces resignation following school diploma investigation

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Chiril Gaburici, Moldovan prime minister announced his resignation on Friday after he was questioned about the authenticity of his high school and university degrees by prosecutors.

The 38-year-old was appointed as prime minister only four months ago on Feb.18 after his Liberal Democratic Party managed to form coalition with pro-European parties after November 2014 elections.

Before being appointed as a prime minister, Gaburici worked at telecommunication companies Moldcell and Azercell.

“I have decided to announce my resignation. I can’t stay in this position any longer,” said Gaburici in a statement published on the government’s official website.

“I am not a politician, I am a manager. I don’t want to take part in political games.”

“I don’t want the question of my education to become a topic of national importance,” said the 38-year-old.

Gaburici, was questioned after he accused the state prosecutor of neglecting the investigation over the disappearance of $1 billion from the country’s bank.

Moldova that lies between Ukraine and Romania, is one of Europe’s poorest country home to 3.5 million people was once a former Soviet republic.

The country last year in summer signed an association agreement with the EU, despite pressure from the Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone the free trade portion of the deal.

TRTWorld and agencies