Moldova: president designates lawmaker to form new gov't, as political uncertainty continues

Moldova's president has designated a lawmaker to form the next government, after the previous nominee failed to secure agreement from all parties in the pro-European alliance.

Late Monday, President Nicolae Timofte tasked Valeriu Strelet — a lawmaker for the Liberal Democratic Party since 2009 — with forming a government in the next 15 days.

The unexpected development came after the party last week nominated Maia Sandu, an ex-World Bank economist.

Sandu wanted to change the governor of the central bank and the general prosecutor, but the other two coalition parties did not agree. The parties together hold 55 of 101 seats in Parliament.

The former prime minister resigned June 16 after a probe into the authenticity of his high school diploma and university degree.