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Moldova's parliament meets for 1st time since vote

Moldova's parliament meets for 1st time since vote

Moldova's parliament met Tuesday for the first time after inconclusive elections left one of Europe's poorest countries in political deadlock.
A month after the Nov. 28 ballot, lawmakers have failed to form a political alliance to lead the former Soviet republic. Democratic Party leader Dumitru Diacov called for a recess until Thursday to allow time for a governing alliance to be agreed.
Prime Minister Vlad Filat who formally announced the resignation of his pro-European government on Monday has automatically become Moldova's interim president until parliament elects a head of state. Mihai Ghimpu was formerly Moldova's interim president.
The former Soviet republic has been in deadlock without a president since the Communists lost elections in April 2009. Since then, parliament failed to elect a president because no party had enough votes.
Communist Party leader Vladimir Voronin led Tuesday's session. His pro-Moscow party won 42 seats in the 101-seat legislature, and a three-party, pro-European alliance won 59, two short of the 61 needed to elect a new president.


Updated : 2021-03-05 09:34 GMT+08:00