The Communist Party said it might be persuaded to support a liberal democratic president if the four-party democratic alliance promises to keep salaries and pensions growing and vows to keep Moldova out of NATO. The new democratic government has said salaries and pensions must be put into check to get the country out of its economic woes.
On Sept. 17, the first non-Communist officially became president of Moldova. With the resignation of Communist Vladimir Voronin, the constitution states that the parliamentary speaker becomes acting president until a new appointment is made.
Filat immediately announced that the government must install austerity measures in order for the country to receive assistance from the International Monetary Fund. This action rules out any cooperation with the Communist Party.
The democratic coalition does not have enough votes to appoint the next president. Eight communist delegates will have to support their candidate or parliament will dissolve again and new parliamentary elections will be called for next year. So, it just may be a short-lived government.
Parliament, now under democratic forces, voted to scrap the ban on dual citizenship. The ban was instituted to force pro-Romanian opposition members of the government to renounce their Romanian citizenship. Twenty percent of members of parliament have a Romanian passport.