Pro-Western parties have retained a slim majority in the national legislature, but their hold on parliament may not last long unless substantive progress is made in tackling rampant corruption, observers predict.
The pro-Moscow Socialist Party captured the highest percentage of votes (20.51 percent) in the November 30 parliamentary elections, but the pro-European Union Liberal Democrats, along with its coalition partner, the Liberal Party, polled just well enough to keep hold of the reins of government. The results mark a victory for Moldova’s efforts to move toward the EU. The governing coalition signed an association agreement with the European Union this June, and its slim election victory keeps the country’s EU aspirations on track.
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Victoria Puiu is a journalist who writes for the weekly newspaper Timpul (Times) in Chișinău, Moldova.