[lg policy] Moldova: Chisinau Recognizes Romanian As Official Language

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 6 15:39:40 UTC 2013

 Moldova: <http://www.rferl.org/archive/Moldova/latest/664/664.html>
Chisinau Recognizes Romanian As Official Language



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December 05, 2013
 Moldova has endorsed Romanian as its language.

The country's Constitutional Court has ruled that the "Moldovan" language
will be replaced by Romanian as the former Soviet republic's official

Moldova's 1991 Declaration of Independence stated that Romanian was the new
country's language, but the Constitution of 1994 changed that to "Moldovan."

Constitutional Court Chairman Alexandru Tanase ruled on December 5 that the
Declaration of Independence takes precedence over the Constitution.

Moldova's communist opposition has criticized the decision.

Moldova was part of Romania until 1940, when it was annexed by the Soviet
Union, which renamed the region's language "Moldovan."

Romanian President Traian Basescu called the Constitutional Court's ruling
"an act of justice."

The decision comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a
short visit to Moldova.

Last week Moldova's pro-European government initialed an Association
Agreement with the European Union.

On December 1, for the first time, Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti
attended Romania's National Day festivities marking the country's
unification in 1918.



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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