Moldovan PM tops list of most influential politicians

Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat continues to rank first on the «Top 50 most influential Moldovan politicians in September 2012». Chisinau mayor Dorin Chirtoaca comes second on the top, being followed by Foreign and European Integration Minister Iurie Leanca. The top was carried out by the institute of political analysis and consultancy Politicon. Its results were made public on 3 October.

The leader of the Liberal Party, Mihai Ghimpu improved his rating by two positions and ranks fourth on the top. Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti fell by two positions against August 2012, ranking fifth on the same top.

The head of the Politicon centre, Anatol Taranu said the decline of the Moldovan president on the top is a normal fluctuation. «Timofti was more active in the external politics than in the interior in September. Therefore he was less visible for the population and this explains his minor decline on the top. He continues to be amongst top ten politicians, which means the Moldovan president is still one of the most influential politicians,» Taranu said.

Interior Minister Dorin Recean ranks seventh on the top, going up one position against August. Taranu said Recean's improved ranking is due to the fact that everyone truly hopes he will reform his field of activity. The leader of the opposition Party of Communists, Vladimir Voronin fell by one position on the top and ranks eighth. He is being followed by Parliament Deputy Speaker Vladimir Plahotniuc and Deputy Prime Minister Eugen Carpov.

The top of the most influent politicians is compiled based on an assessment made by 32 experts. The politicians are evaluated depending on their influence on major decisions, their public popularity, their visibility in the media, as well as their political prospects.

Adapted from Allmoldova