Communists Win Moldovan Elections
6 Apr 09 | AJE
Moldova’s pro-European Communist Party has won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections.
The country’s central election committee said on Monday that the Communists had secured about 49.9 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s polls.
It is the third successive election victory for the Communists.
Vladimir Voronin, the Communist leader, will, however, have to step down as the country’s president.
The new parliament will elect his successor, since presidents are not allowed to stand for a third consecutive term.
Three other pro-European parties together took about 35 per cent of the vote.
The Communists will be able to form a majority government but may have to garner votes from other parties to elect a president.
At least 59 per cent of the electorate had to vote for the elections to be valid, which was achieved.