Moldovan parliament approves minority technocratic cabinet

Baku, November 15, AZERTAC

The Moldovan parliament approved on Thursday the minority technocratic cabinet formed overnight by career economist Ion Chicu amid a sudden political crisis, according to news reports from Chisinau, capital of Moldova.

Chicu's cabinet was voted by 62 MPs, almost all of them from the two largest parliamentary groups of Socialists and Democrats who cumulatively have 66 seats in the 101-seat one chamber parliament.

Starting on Thursday, the new government with all responsibility would begin to implement reforms and stabilize the socio-economic situation in the country, said Chicu in his statement following the parliamentary positive vote for his cabinet, specifying that the cabinet is composed of professionals, and all the appointed ministers are not politically engaged functionaries.

President Igor Dodon is to call the members of the new cabinet to sign the decrees of appointment later in the day.

The new cabinet consists of 11 members, including two deputy prime ministers. The cabinet structure is not much different from the previous one.

Six of the 11 members of the new executive, including the prime minister, so far have served as presidential advisers, according to state news agency Moldpres.

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