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Moldovan Communists set for parliamentary win

Latest update : 2009-04-05

The Moldovan Communist Party (PCRM) is set to win parliamentary elections, pledging to move their country closer to Europe and maintain current ties to Moscow. The new parliament will choose a successor to President Vladimir Voronin.

AFP - Pro-European Communists seemed set to win Moldova's general election and possibly win an outright majority in the 101-seat parliament, an exit poll suggested Sunday.
   
The Moldovan Communist Party (PCM) headed by President Vladimir Voronin was credited with 45.5 percent of the vote while the Liberal Democrats (LPDM) and the Liberal party were given 13.9 percent each.
   
In fourth place came the Our Moldova alliance with 10 percent.
   
Eight other parties appear to have failed to clear the six percent threshold needed to enter parliament. Turnout was put at 60 percent.
   
At 7:00 pm (1600 GMT), two hours before voting ended in Europe's poorest country, an estimated 52 percent of the 2.6 million people eligible to cast their ballots had done so.
   
More than 3,000 national and international observers were on hand to monitor the vote, among them 200 from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which identified some irregularities in the election campaign.
   
Opinion polls had predicted the PCM would get the largest number of votes.
   
The elections were contested by a total of 1,183 candidates, 305 of them women, split between the 12 parties with five independents among the contestants.
   
The new parliament will elect a president of the landlocked country, which is squeezed between Romania and Ukraine, between April 8 and June 8.
   
The successful candidate needs the backing of three fifths of the assembly, or 61 votes.
   
The incumbent Voronin is barred by the constitution from running for a third term.
   
The PCM was once pro-Russian but changed course dramatically in 2005 and now seeks closer ties with the European Union, while maintaining good relations with Russia, on which it depends for, among other things, gas supplies.

Date created : 2009-04-05

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