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No fraud seen in Moldova vote; Pro-West side wins

 An unidentified woman leaves the voting booth in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusations of government vote-riggin...
 Acting Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin, seen, after casting his vote in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusation...
 A woman leaves a polling station after voting in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusations of government vote-riggin...
 Moldovan opposition leader Vlad Filat of the Liberal Democratic Party goes to the polls in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months ...
 An elderly woman waits outside a polling station as soldiers queue to vote in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusati...
 A woman casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusations of government vote-rigging touched off street v...
 A Moldovan flags stands at centre as solders line up to cast their votes in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusation...
 Former Communist Party member and now Democratic Party leader Marian Lupu, seen after casting his vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009....
 Moldovan soldiers line up to cast their vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusations of government vote-riggin...
 Acting Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin casts his vote in Chisinau, Moldova,  Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusations of governme...
 Moldovan opposition leader Vlad Filat of the Liberal Democratic Party speaks to the press after voting, in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009....
 Acting Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin casts his vote in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009.  Three months after accusations of government...
 Election officials count votes after polls closed in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusations of government vote-rig...
 An election worker sticks his head into an upturned ballot box to make sure there are no more votes to be counted in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July...
 A man walks past old Soviet and Moldovan t-shirts in Chisinau, Moldova, Thursday July 30, 2009. Moldova's pro-Western parties say they will forge an ...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

An unidentified woman leaves the voting booth in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusations of government vote-riggin...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

Acting Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin, seen, after casting his vote in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusation...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

A woman leaves a polling station after voting in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusations of government vote-riggin...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

Moldovan opposition leader Vlad Filat of the Liberal Democratic Party goes to the polls in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months ...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

An elderly woman waits outside a polling station as soldiers queue to vote in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusati...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

A woman casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusations of government vote-rigging touched off street v...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

A Moldovan flags stands at centre as solders line up to cast their votes in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusation...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

Former Communist Party member and now Democratic Party leader Marian Lupu, seen after casting his vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009....

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

Moldovan soldiers line up to cast their vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusations of government vote-riggin...

APTOPIX MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

Acting Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin casts his vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusations of governme...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

Moldovan opposition leader Vlad Filat of the Liberal Democratic Party speaks to the press after voting, in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009....

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

Acting Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin casts his vote in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusations of government...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

Election officials count votes after polls closed in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July 29, 2009. Three months after accusations of government vote-rig...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

An election worker sticks his head into an upturned ballot box to make sure there are no more votes to be counted in Chisinau, Moldova Wednesday July...

MOLDOVA ELECTIONS

A man walks past old Soviet and Moldovan t-shirts in Chisinau, Moldova, Thursday July 30, 2009. Moldova's pro-Western parties say they will forge an ...

Moldova's pro-Western parties scrambled to forge a governing alliance Thursday after beating Europe's last communist-run government in a parliamentary election praised by international monitors.
Near final results put four center-right opposition parties ahead of the Communist Party, which has ruled the impoverished former Soviet republic since 2001.
"The Communist Party lost the elections after an exhausting campaign where there were enormous pressures not just on the political parties, but also on the ordinary people," said Alexandru Tanase of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party.
He said his party was negotiating with the Liberal Party, Democratic Party and Our Moldova Alliance _ raising the likelihood that the nation will move out of Russia's orbit and closer to the European Union and NATO.
Other significant changes could be in the works for Moldova, one of Europe's poorest nations, since opposition parties also pledged more free market reforms, an independent justice system and greater press freedom.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which monitored Wednesday's vote, said Thursday it found no evidence of major fraud but raised concerns about "subtle intimidation and media bias" and called on the country to restore trust in the political process.
"Election day was well-organized and calm, and proceedings were generally assessed as positive" despite a "highly polarized atmosphere," the OSCE said.
There was no sign of unrest after Wednesday's vote, which was monitored by more than 3,000 foreign and Moldovan observers. Official turnout was just under 59 percent.
Moldova has been in political paralysis since April parliamentary elections sparked violent protests that left three people dead and hundreds arrested, with the opposition claiming that vote was rigged.
Wednesday's elections were called after parliament failed to elect a successor to outgoing President Vladimir Voronin, the leader of the Communists who has served the maximum two terms in office.
With 98 percent of the vote counted, the four opposition parties had 50.9 percent to the Communists' 45.1 percent. The opposition will likely get another boost from three parties whose votes will be redistributed because they didn't reach the 5 percent minimum to enter parliament.
"We will find a favorable solution to develop democracy in Moldova," Our Moldova Alliance leader Serafim Urechean said.
The election was overshadowed by economic woes. Moldova's average monthly wage is only $350 (


Updated : 2021-10-27 06:36 GMT+08:00