Moldova's top court declares legal election of parliament speaker
Moldova's Constitutional Court Tuesday declared legal the acts adopted by the parliament on 28 August, according to which Liberal Party's leader Mihai Ghimpu was elected speaker, Xinhua reported.
The decision is final, irrevocable and, enters into force on the date of adoption, stressed the top court.
The court pronounced the decision on Tuesday evening, after considering a complaint submitted by the Party of Communists which contested Ghimpu's election as parliament speaker.
On 1 September 2009, the Communists appealed to the Constitutional Court against Ghimpu's election as parliament speaker. The Communists claimed the violation of 13 articles of the constitution and the parliament's regulation, arguing that the election took place after the Communists' deputies took a legal break to form the party's parliamentary faction.
Ghimpu was elected parliament speaker on 28 August with the votes of 53 MPs representing four parliamentary factions. The Communist Party, the largest party which has 48 parliamentary seats, did not participate in the meeting.
The parliament was elected in a snap poll on July 29 after the parliament elected three months ago failed to elect the president. Under the Moldova constitution, the parliament elects the president and if no candidate gets the required 61 votes of the 101-member parliament in at most two rounds of balloting, the parliament is dissolved and a snap parliamentary election is to be called.
The Communist Party of Moldova took lead in the snap parliamentary elections, but lost the majority it held for eight years in Parliament to a group of four pro-western opposition parties.
The new legislative body is made up of 48 representatives of the Party of Communists, 18 of the Liberal Democratic Party, 15 of the Liberal Party, 13 of the Democratic Party and seven of the Our Moldova Alliance.