Moldova: 3 pro-European parties agree on new coalition

AP News
Posted: Jul 22, 2015 3:51 AM

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Three pro-European parties have agreed to form a ruling coalition that will demonstrate Moldova's commitment to moving closer to the European Union.

The Democratic Party, the Liberal-Democratic Party and the Liberal Party, which combine to hold 55 out of 101 seats in Parliament, reached an agreement at midnight Tuesday.

Liberal Party leader Mihai Ghimpu called it "a good sign for Moldovans and our European partners." The parties will meet Wednesday to discuss allocating Cabinet seats and other political posts.

The former prime minister resigned on June 16 after a probe into the authenticity of his high school diploma and university degree.

Moldova held elections in November but the pro-European parties failed to come to an agreement, and the government relied on the support of the Communists.