Moldova's Prime Minister Chiril Gaburuci resigned

Jun 13, 2015 10:03 IST

Moldova's Prime Minister Chiril Gaburuci on 12 June 2015 resigned from his post after he was questioned about the authenticity of his high school and university degrees.

Gaburuci became the Prime Minister of Moldova in February 2015. He headed a pro-European government that relies on the Communist Party of Moldova. Earlier, he had been Chief Executive Officer of Azerbaijan’s mobile telecom company Moldcell until January 2015.

Gaburuci has earlier also expressed his will to resign, saying that he lacked the tools to reform financial and judicial institutes such as the central bank and prosecutor’s office.

About Moldova's political scenario

Moldova is a small country of 3.5 million people, lying between Ukraine and Romania. It has been ruled since 2009 by pro-Western parties which have negotiated a political and free trade deal with the European Union to take the country into mainstream Europe.

However, the economic mismanagement and trade pressure from Russia and the failure of successive governments to tackle corruption remains high among large sections of the population.

Moldova came more into focus since Russia seized neighbouring Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014. Russian troops are stationed in a strip of Moldova since the breakup of the Soviet Union, protecting a self-proclaimed independent state-let called Transdniestria.

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