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Moldovan Parliament Sacks Speaker Amid Political Crisis

Marian Lupu

Marian Lupu

Moldova's parliamentary speaker, Marian Lupu, has been dismissed from the post.

Seventy-six out of 101 lawmakers backed the motion in a vote on April 25.

Deputies from the party of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat sided with the opposition communists in voting against Lupu, Filat's former ally in the now-defunct pro-European coalition.

The dismissal came after the Constitutional Court earlier this week ruled that Filat, President Nicolae Timofti's nominee for the post, cannot serve as prime minister because his government lost a no-confidence vote in parliament in March.

Timofti has since nominated Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca as caretaker prime minister.

The motion to dismiss Lupu was supported on April 25 by lawmakers from the opposition Communist Party, Filat's Liberal Democratic Party, and indepenent deputies.

Based on reporting by Interfax, Reuters, and RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service