Moldova muses on future as presidential vote gets underway

Moldova muses on future as presidential vote gets underway
By Christopher Cummins with AGENCIES
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Moldova goes to the polls


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.

#Moldova Pres Election results put Igor Dodon (48%) and Maia Sandu (38%) neck and neck. Second round on 13 Nov.

— Sam van der Staak (@samvanderstaak) October 31, 2016

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.

Ahead of key a presidential runoff #election, the #IMF has approved a $180 million loan to #Moldova:

— Agnia Grigas (@AgniaGrigas) November 8, 2016

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

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