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Moldova Presidential Election Headed for Runoff

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Moldova’s presidential election appears to be headed toward a runoff, preliminary results showed early on October 31.
 
With nearly 99 percent of votes counted, pro-Moscow candidate Igor Dodon of the Socialist Party is winning with 48.7 percent.
 
He needed to win an outright majority to avoid a runoff on November 13.
 
Dodon's main pro-EU challenger, Maia Sandu of the Party for Action and Solidarity, has 37.9 percent.
 
The Our Party candidate, Dmitri Ciubasenco, was far behind with 6 percent of the votes.
Turnout was almost 49 percent -- well above the 33 percent mark needed to make the election valid.
 
The October 30 election contest -- the first time Moldovans have directly elected a president by popular vote in 20 years -- is widely seen as pitting those who support integration with the European Union against those who want closer ties with Russia.
 
Dodon, a 41-year-old economist, has said he wants to throw out Chisinau's 2014 EU Association Agreement and join the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union.
 

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Moldova Presidential Election Headed for Runoff

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