Return of the communists

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In History
  • Elections No.1

    Elections No.1
    Winning 49.9% of the vote, the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (reinstituted in 1993 after being outlawed in 1991), gained 71 of the 101 parliament seats
  • Result of elections no.1

    Result of elections no.1
    Vladimir Voronin as the country's third president
  • New government formed

    New government formed
    A new government was formed on April 19, 2001 by Vasile Tarlev. The country became the first post-Soviet state where a non-reformed communist party returned to power.
  • Mass protest

    Mass protest
    March–April
    The opposition Christian-Democratic People's Party organized a mass protest in Chișinău against the plans of the government to fulfill its electoral promise and introduce Russian as the second state language along with its compulsory study in schools.
  • Deterioration of the relations between Moldova and Russia

    Deterioration of the relations between Moldova and Russia
    The relationship between Moldova and Russia deteriorated in November 2003 over a Russian proposal for the solution of the Transnistrian conflict, which Moldovan authorities refused to accept because it stipulated a 20-year Russian military presence in Moldova. The federalization plan for Moldova would have also turned Transnistria and Gagauzia into a blocking minority over all major policy matters of Moldova.
  • Time to change

    Time to change
    In the wake of the November 2003 deadlock with Russia, a series of shifts in the external policy of Moldova occurred, targeted at rapprochement with the European Union. In the context of the EU's expansion to the east, Moldova wants to sign the Stability and Association Agreement. It implemented its first three-year action plan within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) of the EU.
  • Elections No.2

    Elections No.2
    The Party of the Communists (PCRM) won 46% of the vote, (56 of the 101 seats in the Parliament), the Democratic Moldova Block won 28.5% of the vote and the Christian Democratic People Party (PPCD) won 9.1%.
  • Re-election of Vladimir voronin

    Re-election of Vladimir voronin
    Vladimir Voronin was re-elected as country's president, supported by a part of the opposition.
  • Change in government again

    Change in government again
    Vasile Tarlev was again appointed head of government.
  • Russian army in Transnistria

    Russian army in Transnistria
    Approximately 1,200 of the 14th Army personnel remain stationed in Transnistria, guarding a large ammunitions depot at Colbasna. In recent years, negotiations between the Transnistrian and Moldovan leaders have been going on under the mediation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Russia, and Ukraine; lately observers from the European Union and the United States have become involved.
  • New government formed with Zinaida Greceanîi

    New government formed with Zinaida Greceanîi
    Vasile Tarlev was replaced by Zinaida Greceanîi as head of the government.
  • Elections No.3

    Elections No.3
    1)The Communist Party won.The opposition leaders have protested against the outcome calling it fraudulent and demanded a repeated election.
    2)A preliminary report by OSCE observers called the vote generally free and fair. However, one member of the OSCE observation team expressed concerns over that conclusion and said that she and a number of other team members feel that there had been some manipulation, but they were unable to find any proof.
  • The Protest

    The Protest
    Several NGOs and opposition parties organized a protest in Chișinău, gathering a crowd of about 15,000 with the help of social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The protesters accused the Communist government of electoral fraud. Anti-communist and pro-Romanian slogans were widely used.
  • Protest turns into Riot

    Protest turns into Riot
    The demonstration had spun out of control and escalated into a riot when a part of the crowd attacked the presidential offices and broke into the parliament building, looting and setting its interior on fire
  • Police regaining control of the situation

    Police regaining control of the situation
    1)Police had regained control arresting hundreds protestors. 2)Numerous detainees reported beatings by the police when released.The violence on both sides (demonstrators and police) was condemned by the OSCE.
  • Police regaining control of the situation

    Police regaining control of the situation
    3)Three young people died during the protests. The opposition blamed police abuse for these deaths, while the government claimed they were either unrelated to the protests,or accidents. Government officials, including Voronin accused Romania of organizing it.The opposition accused the government of organizing the riots by introducing agents provocateurs among the protesters. The political climate in Moldova remained unstable. The parliament failed to elect a new president.
  • Elections No.4

    Elections No.4
    The parliament was dissolved and new general elections were held on July 29, 2009, with the Communists losing power to the Alliance for European Integration, a pro-European coalition.
  • Referendum

    Referendum
    An attempt by the new ruling coalition to amend the constitution of Moldova via referendum in order to enable presidential election by popular vote failed due to lack of turnout.
  • Elections No.5

    Elections No.5
    The parliamentary election in November 2010 had retained the status quo between the ruling coalition and the communist opposition.
  • Elections No.6

    Elections No.6
    On 16 March 2012,[96] parliament elected Nicolae Timofti as president by 62 votes out of 101, with the PCRM boycotting the election, putting an end to a political crisis that had lasted since April 2009.
  • Elections No.7

    Elections No.7
    In the elections the pro-European parties maintained their majority in parliament.
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    The events of year 2001

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    The events of year 2002 and 2003

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    The events of year 2005 and 2006

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    The events of year 2008 and 2009

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    The events of year 2010

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    The events of year 2012 and 2014