“The will of the citizens is what matters, and in the fall, citizens will have to decide whether they want us to move forward, to work on Moldova’s European integration project, or whether they want to go back to the past.”
Moldovan President Maia Sandu said this to the Romanian press.
The Moldovan head of state explained how a referendum could be organized in Transnistria, a region not controlled by Chisinau and Gagauzia, which has a special status.
“The Republic of Moldova has been blackmailed for years. The Republic of Moldova was stuck in this gray zone, from which there seemed to be no way out. We managed to free ourselves from blackmail. We managed to free ourselves from this total dependence on Russian gas and from the dependence on the Russian market. We have worked over the last few years to strengthen the independence of institutions and the independence of the Republic of Moldova. But in the end, the decision is left to the citizens, and in the fall, the citizens will decide the fate of Moldova. What will be the future of the Republic of Moldova? This referendum will be organized on the territory of the whole country. Of course, the Parliament will decide on the technical aspects of organizing the referendum.
The same way other electoral polls are organized. Polling stations cannot be opened on the territory of the Transnistrian region because it is not controlled by the constitutional authorities in Chisinau. But Moldovan citizens on the left bank of the Nistru River can come and vote at polling stations on the right bank,” Maia Sandu explained.
On the eve of Christmas in the new style, Maia Sandu announced her intention to run for a second presidential term and asked parliament to organize a referendum on Moldova’s accession to the EU.
“We still have a lot to do. And the most important thing is to ensure peace and a better future for all families and children of Moldova. We have a guarantee of such a future only as an EU member state,” she emphasized at the time.