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Pro-European parties in Moldova form alliance

Pro-European parties in Moldova form alliance

Three pro-European parties formed an alliance on Thursday, but it fell two legislative seats short of the majority needed to end Moldova's political deadlock by electing a new president of the country.
The new Alliance for European Integration has set European integration as its top priority for Moldova, one of the continent's poorest countries.
Formed one month after Moldova's inconclusive national election on Nov. 28, the alliance is almost the same one that governed Moldova from September 2009 until that vote. The alliance has 59 seats, two short of what it needs to elect Moldova's president.
The pro-Moscow Communists, who have 42 seats in Moldova's 101-seat legislature, said they will not give the alliance the votes it needs to elect a president. That could keep Moldova mired in the political deadlock it has been in since Communists lost elections in April 2009.
On Thursday, the Alliance for European Integration elected Marian Lupu, head of the Democratic Party, as parliament speaker and Moldova's interim president.
Lupu, a 43-year-old economist, is a former senior member of the Communist Party who quit it after violent protests following the country's April 2009 election, which protesters claimed had been rigged.


Updated : 2021-03-08 20:40 GMT+08:00