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Moldova's opposition set to form coalition

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Moldova's opposition set to form coalition


Moldova’s pro-Western opposition has vowed to form a coalition to push out the ruling Communists following a parliamentary election.

Near-final results show the Communists of outgoing President Vladimir Voronin have just over 45 percent of the vote. That would give them only 48 seats in Moldova’s 101 seat parliament. That is nowhere near enough needed to elect a new President.

The four main opposition parties look set to gain around 50 percent of the vote, giving them a combined total of 53 seats. Earlier, Liberal Democrat leader Vlad Filat said a wide coalition was a certainty. Moldovan political analyst Vladimir Socor agrees. ‘‘There will be an irresistible temptation for all opposition parties to join forces in the new parliament in order to out-vote and isolate the Communist party. This will be an irresistible temptation. Those opposition parties who would not do so might find themselves under pressure from their own electorate to rally together against the Communists, isolate them, and change the government.’‘ President Voronin called the snap election last month after opposition parties twice thwarted his plan to endorse his hand-picked successor. The poll comes less than four months after a disputed vote that saw large-scale social unrest.

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