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Moldova's Communists retain grip on power

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Moldova’s ruling Communist party looks set to return to power after Sunday’s parliamentary election. The pro-European party, headed by President Vladimir Voronin, has 47 percent of the vote. Moldovan MPs appoint the president but the Communist party must secure 61 of the 101 seats on offer to secure an outright majority.

Seeking close ties with Russia and the West, the Democratic Moldova bloc, headed by Serafim Urechean, appears to have taken 28 percent of the vote. The pro-Romanian Christian Democrats are in third place with eight percent.