Moldova – Date set for referendum on direct presidential election

Continuing the theme of countries that may (or may not) enter or exit semi-presidentialism, Moldova has taken a step closer to re-entering the semi-presidential universe.

On 7 July, the Moldovan parliament approved a bill setting a date for the referendum on the direct election of the president. According to AllMoldova, voters will be asked to approve whether or not the president should be directly elected. The precise manner of the election will then be established by an organic law. Seemingly, a two-ballot run-off system is the likely option if the reform is approved.

In the end, the Communists did not approve the bill. So, the referendum is, effectively, a government-sponsored reform. There are indications from other posts on the same site that there is general support for the reform.

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