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Moldova's top court suspends president for fifth time this year

Moldova's top court suspends president for fifth time this year Igor Dodon, Moldova's president

CHISINAU (Moldova), December 10 (SeeNews) - Moldova's Constitutional Court on Monday ruled that president Igor Dodon can be temporarily suspended from office after he refused to promulgate four bills that the parliament has forwarded to him in the last months.

The Court was asked to rule on the suspension by parliament speaker Andrian Candu and MPs of the ruling Democratic Party.

Dodon's refusal to sign the laws constitutes a violation of his constitutional obligations and oath, according to the court ruling published on its website.

Consequently, either the president of the parliament or the prime minister will act as interim president with the right to sign the bills, the court added.

Dodon rejected a law that stipulated the sale of a stadium in Chisinau to the U.S. to build a new embassy there, one on a new code for broadcasting services, one bill on the reorganisation of the gerndarmerie and one that established the celebration of Europe Day on May 9.

This is the fifth time that Dodon is suspended by the country's top court.

The last time was in September, following his refusal to swear in several ministers.