(De jure part of Moldova)
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Renewal or Renovation (Russian: Обновление or Obnovleniye), a pro-business political party in Transnistria. Since the legislative elections of 2005 it is the majority party in the Transnistrian Parliament.
It was founded as a political NGO in 2000 and campaigned under its current name in the 27 March 2005 local council elections, where, for the first time in its five year history, it won a majority of the seats.
It was officially registered as a full political party in June 2006.
The original name of the party, in Russian, is Obnovleniye which can interchangeably be translated as either Renovation and Renewal. The party itself and most foreign press prefers the latter translation, Renewal. The party's leaders in parliament during 2005 were Mikhail Burla and Yevgeny Shevchuk. The latter was elected speaker (chairman) of parliament following the party's sweeping December 2005 win.
There was a debate regarding the position of Renewal in regards to Transnistrian president Igor Smirnov. Most analysts pointed to the party's opposition status, noting that it is not allied with President Igor Smirnov, whose party, Respublica, lost several seats to Renewal in the latest parliamentary election. However, others claim that the interests of the "Smirnov clan" are represented in all political movements of Transnistria, including Renewal.
Renewal strengthened their majority in the 2010 elections to 25 seats. In the 2011 presidential election, deputy party chairman Anatoliy Kaminski ran against incumbent Smirnov and Shevchuk, who ran as an independent. Shevchuk defeated Kaminski in the run-off.
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- Political Crisis around the self-proclaimed republic of Transnistria
- The Old Guard Wins in Transdniestria
- Parliament Takes on Smirnov Over Pension Reform
- Elections in Transnistria and the context in which they took place
- (English) Renewal, Pridnestrovie's reformist opposition party
- (Russian) Obnovlenie.info (official party website)