Moldova’s Communist Party is ahead in the parliamentary election according to exit polls – but with a prediction that it will not win sufficent seats to elect a new president.
The polls put Vladimir Voronin’s ruling pro-Russian Communists ahead, with more than forty-one percent of the vote. That would only win them 45 seats in the legislature – not the 61 needed to enable them to elect a new president to replace Mr Voronin. The opposition Liberal democratic leader Vlad Filat is in second place with over seventeen per cent of the votes according to the poll. Opposition parties pledged to form a coalition if they could collectively gain enough votes. Some two point eight million voters in the former Soviet republic had the choice between eight parties. The vote was seen as setting the country on a possible new course away from Russia and towards the European Union. It’s Moldova’s second parliamentary election in less than four months after the ballot in April prompted violent protests. Opposition parties claim the vote was rigged in favour of the Communists. Thousands of people took to the streets, clashing with police and storming parliament.