Constitutional Court judge Tudor Pantiru announced the ruling on July 27, saying that the questions that are to be posed in the referendum "are beyond presidential authority," RFE/RL wrote.

The pro-Russian Dodon signed a decree in March calling for a nationwide referendum on September 24 in which Moldovans would be asked whether the president should be allowed to dissolve parliament and announce early elections.

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It would also ask whether Moldovan history classes should be abolished at secondary schools across the country.

The opposition Liberal Party of Moldova has challenged the decree, calling it unconstitutional.