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Moldova 'virtually cancels' decree on Soviet Occupation Day (Update 1)

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Moldova virtually canceled a decree on creating Soviet Occupation Day at the request of the ruling coalition, Moldovan Democratic Party leader Marian Lupu said

Moldova virtually canceled a decree on creating Soviet Occupation Day at the request of the ruling coalition, Moldovan Democratic Party leader Marian Lupu said.

"Virtually, the decree was cancelled," Lupu said. "Formally, there are two ways to cancel a decree: whether [Moldova's acting president Mihai] Ghimpu cancels it or the Constitutional court does, which the acting opposition on the part of the Communist Party appealed to," he continued.

Sources said that Ghimpu has refused to cancel the decree.

Some deputies of the faction, which is in the alliance, believe that what happened today at a meeting of the alliance was the first powerful sign of its decay.

Ghimpu on Thursday promulgated a decree establishing June 28 as Soviet Occupation Day in the country and ordering "a monument to victims of Soviet occupation and the totalitarian communist regime to be erected in front of the government building."

The decree also promoted nationwide commemorative events.

On June 28, 1940, at a USSR request, royal Romania withdrew its troops from Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, which it had been occupying since 1918, and the region joined the Soviet Union. Moldavian SSR, including six Bessarabia districts as well as six areas from the left bank of the Dnester, was established in August 1940.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday Moscow regarded Moldova's decision as an element of "a preplanned political campaign spearheaded against Russian-Moldovan partnership."

Ghimpu was made acting Moldovan leader in September 2009 when the country's liberal-democratic coalition was forced to find a compromise after failing to appoint another candidate. Ghimpu is known for his sweeping pro-Romanian policies. Recent polls show that Ghimpu's popularity rating is less than 2%.

CHISINAU, June 28 (RIA Novosti)