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Nobody gets a majority in Moldova’s National Assembly

Preliminary results from the elections in Moldova indicate that neither party is able to secure a purely majority. Without a coalition in place, it can go against new elections.

When most of the voices have been spoken in Moldova, the former Soviet republic may be heading for an unresolved political situation in which the country is torn between provocative and Prussian forces.

The generally Russian-friendly socialists have up to 31.5 percent support, while pro-European ACUM is 25.9 percent. The Democrat Government Party is in third place with 24.1 per cent when 97 per cent of the votes are counted. The incumbent alliance, led by the Democrats, has lost support due to corruption, declining standard of living and the erosion of democracy in the country.

President Igor Dodon already said when he was giving his vote that the country might have to go to elections again shortly.

– There is a great risk of new elections, said Dodon. If parliamentarians fail to form a governing coalition within 45 days of the outcome, the President will dissolve the National Assembly and write new elections.

There is also a risk of instability if that choice does not result in a clear mandate. Both he and European-friendly Maia Sandu have announced demonstrations if it turns out that the election has been characterized by cheating.

“A bunch of villains have taken over the state institutions and intimidated and threatened us and led us into poverty,” says Sandu, who mentions the election as “the est undemocratic in Moldova’s history”.

When the polls closed, the country’s electoral authority stated that only 49 percent of just over 3 million voters in voting rights had voted. In order to be among the 101 delegates in the National Assembly, a party must receive at least 6 percent support.

(© NTB)

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