[lg policy] Moldova:

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Jan 24 11:04:11 EST 2018

Moldova’s Liberal Party seeks to scrap Russian language’s status

January 23, 18:58 UTC+3

Moldova’s Liberal Party has come up with a proposal to invalidate the
status of Russian as the language for inter-ethnic communication

CHISINAU, January 23. /TASS/. Moldova’s Liberal Party, which has a
reputation for seeking a merger with Romania and pursuing NATO membership,
has come up with a proposal to invalidate the status of Russian as the
language for inter-ethnic communication.

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"We’ll appeal to the Constitution Court with a demand to review five laws,
which give Russian the status of the inter-ethnic language for
communication, including the law on the rights of individuals belonging to
ethnic minorities," Liberal Party leader Mihai Ghimpu told reporters on

He recalled that Russian received the status of the inter-ethnic language
for communication as part of the official USSR language policy adopted back
in 1989.

"That’s unacceptable," he said. "There can be only one language of
inter-ethnic communication on Moldovan soil and that’s the Romanian

Last week, the Liberals also put forward an initiative to pull out of the
Commonwealth of Independent States.

President Igor Dodon, who leads the Socialist Party of Moldova, said on his
part the Liberals’ initiatives were linked to the parliamentary election
that the country would have later this year.

Opinion polls show that the Liberals, who are quickly losing popularity,
may fail to clear the 6-percent threshold and thus might not get any seats
in the country's one-chamber parliament.

Officials at the ruling Democratic Party dismissed the Liberals’
initiatives as "the start of an election campaign one way or another."



 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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