(MENAFN) Moldovan President Maya Sandu has approved a parliamentary decree to replace the state language from Moldovan to Romanian. The bill was passed by the pro-Western Action and Solidarity Party and caused heated debates and protests in the capital Chisinau.
Sandu argued that renaming the language will "unite the society." She also noted that some of Moldova's territories were part of Romania before 1940, and Bucharest continues to consider them as its part and promotes the idea of unification.
However, the opposition Bloc of Communists and Socialists refused to participate in the ballot, stating that the initiative contradicts the constitution, which names the state language as Moldovan. The opposition has announced plans to challenge the move in the Constitutional Court of Moldova.
Overall, the decision to replace the state language reflects the ongoing debate in Moldova regarding its identity and relationship with Romania. It remains to be seen how this move will be implemented and whether it will lead to greater unity or further division in the country.
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