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Moldova muses on future as presidential vote gets underway


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Moldova muses on future as presidential vote gets underway

Moldova goes to the polls for a second time to elect a president after the first vote failed to deliver a majority for either candidate.

The choice for Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, is clear.

Igor Dodon is pro-Russian he is determined to re-establish a strategic partnership with Russia.

The former finance minister garnered 47 percent of the vote in the initial ballot and opinion polls put him way ahead in the run-off.

He is up against pro-EU candidate Maia Sandu, formally of the World Bank.

She is battling against a furious Moldovan electorate after a banking scandal saw $1bn disappear from the financial sector in a scam involving corrupt politicians and bankers.

The perception is Moldovans blame the pro-EU elite for the crime.

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