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    Democratic Party Member Pavel Filip Becomes Moldova’s New Prime Minister

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    Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti has signed a decree appointing member of the country’s ruling Democratic Party Pavel Filip as the new prime minister.

    CHISINAU (Sputnik) – Earlier, 57 lawmakers supported Filip’s candidature.

    Timofti appointed Minister of Informational Technologies and Communications Pavel Filip as candidate for the post of prime minister on January 15.

    On December 21, Timofti signed a decree appointing Ion Sturza as the country's prime minister but on January 4 the country's parliament failed to approve the Sturza government.

    The previous cabinet, headed by Liberal Democrat Valeriu Strelet, stepped down under pressure from opposition parties on October 29.

    Moldovan opposition has widely opposed Filip's nomination, threatening to organize mass protests against the decision.

    Since early September 2015, major anti-government protests have gripped the Moldovan capital of Chisinau. Activists have been demanding the resignation of the Moldovan president, prime minister and the chief prosecutor, while also calling for early parliamentary elections and prompt action to tackle corruption.

    Nicolae Timofti, Pavel Filip, Chisinau, Moldova
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