Pro-Western candidate Moldovan wins presidential election


CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) – Maia Sandu, a former World Bank economist with close ties to the World Bank, secured the vote for Moldova’s presidency by gradually defeating the hard-core pro-Russian autocracy, according to preliminary results released on Monday .

According to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission, CEC, Sandu captured more than 57% of the votes, with Igor Dodan counting nearly 100% of the votes, according to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission, CEC.

Sunday’s election was seen as a referendum on two different approaches to the future of the small Eastern European nation between Ukraine and Romania. Sandu and Dodan, identified by Russian President Vladimir Putin as their favorite candidates, have been rivals since they defeated them in the 2016 presidential race.

“People voted in very large numbers … They voted because they cared, because they want their voices heard,” Sandu, who promised during the campaign to get more financial support from the European Union For, he clarified was leading after arriving late on Sunday. “People want the people in power to offer solutions to their problems.”

After the results were published on Monday, Dodan congratulated and congratulated Sandu.

“I call for calm and peace, there is absolutely no disturbance or protest, we should not allow any instability of the country,” he said.

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

Putin congratulated Sandu on Monday and hoped that his work as head of state between Russia and Moldova “contributes to the creative development of relations”.

Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow respects “the choice of the Moldovan people” and hopes to establish “a working relationship” with the new president.

“We know that Maya Sandu said she would work in the interests of the Moldovan people, and we are confident that building good and close relations, cooperation in all areas with our country, Russia, is in the interests of the Moldovan people.” Peskov told reporters.

Since gaining independence a year after the Soviet collapse in 1991, Moldova has been divided between those who prefer close ties with Europe and strong ties with Moscow.

Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest countries, with approximately 1.2 million people estimated to live abroad. It relies heavily on remittances, and close ties with the European Union are generally seen as more likely than those with Moscow to lead to a long-elusive political stability and economic recovery. Huh.

Yet in this election, those choices can be seen by the massive social and economic toll prevalent in Moldova by the coronovirus epidemic. So far, the country of 3.5 million people is close to 89,000 virus cases and more than 2,000 deaths. On Saturday, it reported a record 1,411 new daily infections.

In 2014, while it was run by a pro-European coalition, Moldova signed an agreement on close political and economic relations with the European Union, now a group of 27 countries. However, Brussels has since been critical to Moldova’s progress on reforms.

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