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Pro-EU Parties Ahead in Moldovan Elections

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Pro-European parties were on track to edge out opponents in a crucial parliamentary election in Moldova, according to results released on December 1 following a nearly complete count of the votes.
 
But a pro-Russian party was set to win the most votes and the Communists were headed for third place, a split result in a small country that borders conflict-torn Ukraine and is another flashpoint for rivalry between Moscow and the European Union.
 
Turnout for the November 30 elections was nearly 56 percent.
 
With nearly 95 percent of the ballots counted in the November 30 election, the three pro-EU parties -- the Liberal Democratic Party (19.64 percent), the Democratic Party (15.76 percent), and the Liberal Party (9.46 percent) -- had a combined total of 44.9 percent.
 
That would be enough to form a slim majority in the 101-seat parliament if the parties can agree, but they have clashed in the past and tough bargaining is expected.
 

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Pro-EU Parties Ahead in Moldovan Elections

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