On 19 December 2017, Democratic Party of Moldova (Partidul Democrat din Moldova, PDM) leader Vlad Plahotniuc announced a cabinet reshuffle “to improve the efficiency” of the cabinet. He proposed to change seven out of 13 ministers.
Prime Minister Pavel Filip was to retain his position, held since January 2016; former prime ministers Iurie Leanca and Chiril Gaburici were to be appointed to positions of Deputy Prime Minister for the European integration and the economy minister respectively. President Igor Dodon, who is a member of the opposition Socialist party (Partidul Socialiştilor din Republica Moldova, PSRM), said he would approve the resignations of the outgoing ministers but would not approve the new appointments in the cabinet reshuffle.
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