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Moldovans to elect a new parliament

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Moldovans to elect a new parliament


Moldovans are voting for a new parliament that will elect a replacement for current president Vladimir Voronin, the only remaining communist leader in Europe.

Voronin, in office since 2001, is barred from standing for a third term but he has made it clear he intends to take on another high-ranking government post following the election. The latest opinion polls put his communists well ahead of the 15 other parties. The opposition parties , which favour closer ties with Romania and the EU are trailing far behind. Wedged between Ukraine and Romania the country has been involved in a long running conflict with Russian-speaking separatists Transdniestria. Voronin has overseen a period of stability, despite the county being the poorest in Europe.

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