The indications are that Moldova’s governing Communists have gained enough votes in their general election to hold onto power in parliament.
However with only 56 seats and 45.5 percent of the vote, they may not have enough seats to install a new President, raising the spectre of another election to replace the incumbent Vladimir Voronin, whose mandate has expired. Ex-Soviet Moldova, wedged between Ukraine and Romania, is Europe’s poorest country and has been beset by a rebellion in its Transdniestrian region. In office since 2001, Voronin has made it plain he wants to remain close to power by taking another senior post in the government – possibly speaker of parliament. Three opposition parties that have passed the six percent support barrier to enter parliament have already said they would not enter a coalition with the Communists.