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Moldova's parl votes into office new coalition govt

Moldova's parl votes into office new coalition govt Moldova's prime-minister Ion Chicu

CHISINAU (Moldova), November 14 (SeeNews) - Moldova's parliament gave its backing to a coalition government formed by the Socialist Party (PSRM) and Democratic Party (PDM) and led by Ion Chicu in a vote of confidence on Thursday.

Of 101 MPs present, 63 voted in favour of the new government, the parliament said in a statement.

The PSRM-PDM coalition cabinet needed 51 votes in order to pass.

Ion Chicu previously served as finance minister in the PDM government led by Pavel Filip that was in office prior to the February general election and carried on as interim until June.

"The government will continue to fulfil all obligations of the state to external partners and international financial organizations, primarily the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank," Chicu told parliament.

The government coalition of PSRM and the pro-EU bloc ACUM led by prime minister Maia Sandu fell after losing a no-confidence vote on Tuesday requested by PSRM, just after five months in office. The ACUM bloc comprises the pro-EU Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) led by Maia Sandu and the Dignity and Truth Platform (PPDA) of Andrei Nastase.

PSRM said it has sought the ousting of the PSRM-ACUM cabinet, because prime minister Maia Sandu aimed to take on the powers to nominate the prosecutor general.

PSRM won 35 of 101 seats in parliament in the general election in February, PDM followed with 30 mandates, while the ACUM bloc came third with 26 seats.

The government led by Maia Sandu was formed in June by ACUM and PSRM following months of political turmoil prompted by the inconclusive general elections that led to a hung parliament.