All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.

Robert Kennedy

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Governmental Drama

The sequester? The Filibuster? No, my fellow Americans, actually other governments have troubles too. In fact, I am sitting in a country where the government just collapsed. What does this mean? Here's a quick summary:
  • The Democratic party aligned with the Communists to pass a “no confidence” vote against the current AIE (European Integration) party.  The Prime Minister (Filat) is required to submit his resignation within three days of the passing of this vote.  He is expected to do so tomorrow, March 8, 2013. 
  • President Timofti is expected to nominate a candidate who can form a new government with the backing of Parliament.  They have 45 days to do so.
  • If they are unable to do so, Parliament will be dissolved and early elections with be scheduled.
Yeah. Does this affect me? I don't think so? Right now it is just an alert of possible disturbances/protests during the possible upcoming elections. Moldova is still struggling to find its own identity. There are many in the country who still subscribe to the Soviet mentality and are loyal to Mother Russia. There are others who remain loyal to Romania and would like to merge with them. And then there are the final group who would like Moldova to find its own identity. Needless to say, this causes much tension during elections as well as 'unity' rallies to either of the aforementioned countries. This is all fascinating isn't it? Nope, not really. Politics suck everywhere, not just in the good old U.S. of A. 
Spring has tentatively arrived. I don't know if we're going to get another cold front before we're done, but it has been in the high 50's all week and it's glorious. I'm not confident enough to start the 'shipping winter clothes home' process but I'm hoping the worst is behind us. 
Tomorrow is a celebration of Women. The country shuts down for a federal holiday to celebrate Women, isn't that nice? Think Mother's Day but including all women. So I will be going out to dinner with my friends Natasha and Holly and we will be treating ourselves as we deserve to be treated.
As of Saturday, we are at the 4 month mark. Suddenly time is flying. 

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