Moldova looks set to turn the political page as the ruling Communists head for almost certain defeat in a landmark vote.
Results give the four main opposition groups a combined total of 53 parliamentary seats. While still not enough to push through the president of their choice, leaders have vowed to form an alliance to force the Communists out.
Chairman of the Liberal Democratic party Vlad Filat said: “I hope that at least this time the Communist party will show its maturity and understanding of the national interest, will accept its defeat and give away power in a democratic way, in line with the existing law and become an opposition party.”
The near final result gives the Communist party of outgoing President Vladimir Voronin 45 percent of the vote. If confirmed, that would translate into 48 seats in Moldova’s 101 seat parliament – a steep drop from last April’s election which saw the Communists take 60 seats.
That vote saw widespread social unrest and days of violence after opposition supporters accused the government of vote-rigging.