Direct presidential elections will be held in Moldova on October 30. Right now, polls indicate that the winner could be the Moscow-friendly Socialist Party leader Igor Dodon, a 41-year-old economist who appears to believe that the country’s future prosperity and security depend more on Russia than on the European Union.
Tired of a moribund economy and relentless corruption scandals involving Moldova’s incumbent, pro-Western leadership, many voters appear ready for a change. Eighty-two percent of 1,516 Moldovans surveyed in a September poll for the Washington, DC-based International Republican Institute (IRI) said they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
“There are abandoned plots of land and orchards and everyone promises that they will do something [about the economy],” complained Ion Postolachi, a former tractor driver from the eastern district of Dubăsari. “Now we want to see what Dodon will do.”
The IRI survey found that 30 percent of its respondents favored Dodon’s candidacy.
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