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Thousands take part in anti-government protest in Moldova

The Moldovan prime minister Natalia Gavrilita attends a Berlin news conference on April 5, 2022, after the donor conference in Moldova.

At least 5,000 demonstrators gathered in the capital of Moldova on Sunday 18 September to demand the resignation of President Maia Sandu. They blamed them for high energy prices and rising inflation.

Last year, Moldova purchased its gas from Gazprom. Prices change monthly and are based on spot prices for oil or gas. Spot prices have risen this year.


“Moldova is now in clinical death,” declared Dinu Turcanu, a politician from Ilan Shor and a bank robber convicted of a $1-billion bank scam.

High energy prices are causing serious economic problems in Moldova, a tiny post-Soviet nation with 3.5million inhabitants. After increasing nearly 50% in August, the cost of electricity has increased by 29% in September.

This is due in part to record-breaking inflation at 34.3% and high interest rate at 21.5%.

Prime Minister of Moldova Natalia Gavrilita stated this month that Moldova would see moderate growth of 1.5% over the next year.


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