For a second time, Moldova’s parliament has failed to pick a president, paving the way for a new general election.
It is a blow for the ruling Communists who wanted their candidate Zinaida Greceanii in the job. She fell short by just one voite. She is an ally of outgoing President Vladimir Voronin who is not allowed to stand for a third term. A previous vote also failed to endorse Greceanii, currently prime minister of Europe’s poorest country. Opposition parties have boycotted the process. The Communists’ victory in a general election in April sparked violent protests by young demonstrators who said the vote was rigged. Moldovan authorities accused neighbouring Romania of being behind the disturbances, something it denied.