There are fears of renewed disturbances in Moldova after the constitutional court backed the president’s call for a recount of the disputed election which his Communist Party won.
Vladimir Voronin’s opponents have been out on the streets again, but in lesser number than previous days since last week’s election. Voronin proposed the recount to validate the Communists’ victory. But the opposition said it will simply rubber stamp a rigged outcome. The parliament was ransacked in the immediate aftermath of the election result last week. The opposition distanced itself from the protesters, who support reunification with Romania, of which Moldova was once part. Tensions will likely be further heightened by news that one young demonstrator has died from injuries sustained in the rioting. The constitutional court has also ruled that voters’ lists should be re-examined. This is seen as an attempt to address the opposition’s claims that those lists are fraudulent.