In Moldova the ruling pro-European coalition has defied predictions to secure a resounding victory the country’s general election.
Prime Minister Vlad Filat’s Alliance was widely expected to the lose the poll but the Communists led by former President Vladimir Voronin were soundly beaten in Sunday’s vote.
Two exit polls suggest the three parties of the Alliance for European Integration will have at least 56 percent of the vote.
If confirmed by the official count the result could move the ex-Soviet nation closer to the European mainstream as it tries to follow its close neighbour Romania into the EU.
The Russian-backed Communist Party had previously blocked required reform in Moldova by refusing to approve the Alliance’s candidate for president.