Moldova: Thousands of protesters demand government resignation over rising energy prices

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Several thousand people rallied in Moldova’s capital today to demand the resignation of the country’s pro-Western government, amid growing anger over soaring gas prices and inflation, Reuters reports.

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Moldova has seen a rise in political tensions in recent months as gas prices have soared following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A Reuters reporter saw thousands of people protesting outside the Moldovan president’s official residence in central Chisinau, chanting slogans such as “down with (president) Maia Sandu” and “down with the government”.

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Sandou has repeatedly condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and is pushing for membership in the European Union. Her critics charge that she should have negotiated a better gas deal with Russia, Moldova’s main supplier.

On Friday, Moldova’s natural gas regulator raised prices by 27% for households.

About 10 tents were set up by protesters outside her residence in the afternoon.

Source: News Beast

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