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Pro-Western candidate wins Moldovan presidential election

Former prime minister Maia Sandu prepares to cast her vote in the country's presidential election runoff in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. ...
Election officials wearing biohazard suits, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, carry a mobile ballot box while visiting voters with mobili...
An election official wearing a biohazard suit, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, holds a mobile ballot box as an elderly lady casts her v...
An election official wearing a biohazard suit, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, holds a mobile ballot box as a man casts his vote in the...
Election officials wearing biohazard suits, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, register an elderly lady before before she voted in the pre...
Incumbent Moldovan President Igor Dodon and his wife Galina cast their votes in the country's presidential election runoff in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunda...
An election official wearing a biohazard suit, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, carries a mobile ballot box while visiting voters with m...
Incumbent Moldovan President Igor Dodon and his wife Galina smile while walking out of a voting station during the country's presidential election run...

Former prime minister Maia Sandu prepares to cast her vote in the country's presidential election runoff in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. ...

Election officials wearing biohazard suits, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, carry a mobile ballot box while visiting voters with mobili...

An election official wearing a biohazard suit, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, holds a mobile ballot box as an elderly lady casts her v...

An election official wearing a biohazard suit, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, holds a mobile ballot box as a man casts his vote in the...

Election officials wearing biohazard suits, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, register an elderly lady before before she voted in the pre...

Incumbent Moldovan President Igor Dodon and his wife Galina cast their votes in the country's presidential election runoff in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunda...

An election official wearing a biohazard suit, for protection against the COVID-19 infection, carries a mobile ballot box while visiting voters with m...

Incumbent Moldovan President Igor Dodon and his wife Galina smile while walking out of a voting station during the country's presidential election run...

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Maia Sandu, a former World Bank economist who favors closer ties with the European Union, has won Moldova's presidential runoff vote, decisively defeating the staunchly pro-Russian incumbent, according to preliminary results released Monday.

Sandu captured over 57% of the vote, leaving the incumbent, Igor Dodon, behind by over 15 points, according to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission, CEC, that said nearly 100% of the vote has been counted.

“Preliminary results indicate that my opponent Maia Sandu is the winner, and I want to preliminary congratulate her,” Dodon said after the results were published. “I call for calm and peace, absolutely no disturbances or protests, we must not allow any destabilization of the country."

Sunday's election was seen as a referendum on two divergent visions for the future of the small Eastern European nation sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania.

The current pro-Russian government controls only 51 of 101 seats in the parliament and the new president can dissolve parliament if the prime minister resigns and there are two failed attempts to find a successor.

Sandu and Dodon, who Russian President Vladimir Putin identified as his preferred candidate, have been rivals since he narrowly defeated her in the 2016 presidential race.


Updated : 2021-04-23 09:40 GMT+08:00