President of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Plahotniuc, has been elected Vice President of the Socialist International, a statement issued by the political formation informs.

The Democrat was elected to this position by the XXV Congress of the organization, held from 2 to 4 March 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Thus, Plahotniuc joined the Socialist International Presidium, under the leadership of George Papandreou, President of the institution, and Luis Ayala, Secretary General of the Socialist International, whose mandates have also been renewed for the next 4 years.

According to the press release of the institution, the Democratic Party is one of the highest rated leftist parties in the former Soviet space and one of the few European leftist parties in the leadership.

However, according to Article 3 of the Statute of Democratic Party of Moldova, the party is based on a social democratic political doctrine and is positioned on the center-left political arena in Moldova.

The Congress was attended by the Honorary Chairman of the DPM and Member of the Parliament, Dumitru Diacov, and Vladimir Cebotari, member of the DPM and Minister of Justice.

"The delegation of the DPM had, within the Socialist International Congress, a series of bilateral meetings with representatives of social democratic parties of Belgium, Romania, Finland, Israel, Hungary, Azerbaijan and Panama. In the meetings, they discussed political developments in both the Republic of Moldova and the states of the interlocutors, as well as issues concerning common efforts to maintain peace and stability at local, regional and global levels," the statement says.

The Socialist International Congress has been hosted by the Liberal Party of Colombia, under the theme "For a world in peace, solidarity and equality."

The Democratic Party of Moldova is a member of the Socialist International since 2012.

The Socialist International is a worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist and workers’ parties, thus bringing together 153 political organizations around the world.

Earlier, the former president of the Democratic Party, Marian Lupu, was vice president of the Socialist International. The same position was held in 2012 by the former PSD leader in Romania, Victor Ponta.

In April 2016, still president of the SPRM, Igor Dodon said that his party planned to submit an application for accession to this organization. According to a post of Dodon, the documents were to be submitted in late May 2016.

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