Who’s Behind Moldovans’ Outrage?
The search continues to find out who instigated the riots in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau this week. Meanwhile, the mayor has approved the opposition request to hold more demonstrations on Friday (3:15):
Moldova’s president on Friday said he had concrete proof of Romanian involvement in anti-Communist riots this week that sparked a diplomatic crisis with Romania.
Communist President Vladimir Voronin said liberal opposition parties had spoken at the highest level with the Romanian embassy and Romanian “citizens and combat specialists” had taken part in the riots.
It was the latest verbal attack by the Moldovan authorities against neighbouring Romania.
“What we know already constitutes a base of proof in this sense,” he said.
The Communists cemented their eight-year dominance of Moldovan politics in the weekend polls, gaining 60 of the 101 seats in the new parliament which will soon decide on a successor to Voronin.
But the results triggered major unrest as an anti-communist youth movement, supported by the opposition, took to the streets to denounce the elections as flawed. >>>
Vladimir Voronin, Moldova’s president, has called for votes in a disputed parliamentary election to be recounted after the opposition claimed Sunday’s poll was rigged by the ruling Communist party.
His decision comes days after violent protests against the result, which left at least 90 people injured and saw 200 demonstrators arrested.
The president asked the country’s consitutional court on Friday to rule on a recount of the vote, in what he said was an attempt to restore calm to the former Soviet republic.
Voronin insisted his party won last weekend’s election, but said a “full recount … would be an important argument for the restoration of political stability, peace and mutual confidence in the Moldovan Republic.”
Up to 30,000 protesters, who accuse the government of rigging Sunday’s vote, demonstrated against the result in Chisinau, the capital, on Tuesday.
Between 100 and 200 people stormed parliament and Voronin’s presidential office, looting and setting fire to the buildings. >>>
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