CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Final results from the first round of Moldova’s presidential election show a pro-Russian front-runner with a strong lead over a pro-European candidate before the Nov. 13 runoff.
The Central Election Commission said Wednesday that Igor Dodon won 47.98 percent of the vote to Maia Sandu’s 38.71 percent in Sunday’s ballot, coming top in a field of nine. Both candidates tapped into widespread anger about high-level corruption. Dodon promises to restore ties with Russia, while ex-World Bank economist Sandu pledges to crack down on corruption.
Moldova’s president shapes the country’s foreign policy and appoints judges but major decisions need approval from Parliament, where pro-European politicians have a majority. However, this is the first time Moldovans have directly elected a president in 20 years, giving the post more authority and influence.
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H/t reader squodgy:
“Their deviousness knows no bounds, does it?
Now their offering “BE MY FRIEND & I’LL YOURS” badges to any little country who borders Russia.
Bye-passing all the correct procedures in true Obamocratic ways.”
– Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova can obtain U.S. ally status (CHIAN, July 17, 2014):
The U.S. Congress passed a bill, whereby Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia can obtain the status of allies of the U.S. without a NATO membership.
Moldovan TV channel TV7 reported that the bill was transferred to the profile commission to be prepared for adoption in its final reading.
– Moldova’s Transnistria Region “Approves” Appeal To Russia For Independence (Zerohedge, April 16, 2014):
As the EU seeks a closer association with Moldova, the 97% pro-Russian state of Transnistria (that we first warned was next here) is accelerating its move towards independence. As Bloomberg reports, despite condemnation by Moldova’s government of the “direct defiance”, the Transnistria Assembly has approved an appeal to Russia to recognize the region’s independencee. Neighboring Romania is “worried” and there are growing ‘actions’ by the so-called “Supreme Soviet” in the region’s capital.
Who is next?
As Bloomberg reports,
Moldova’s breakaway pro-Russian region of Transnistria has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize its independence after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
The appeal by the Parliament of Transnistria, city and district council members and community associations “express the aspirations of the people of Transnistria” and is based on the results of referendums held in 1991, 1995 and 2006, the parliament of the unrecognized state said on its website.
– And Another Region Seeks To Join Russia (ZeroHedge, April 7, 2014):
In the days after the Crimean referendum, we presented our take on “who is next” in the great annexation scramble and said that the most likely region to enter the USSR 2.0 next is Moldova’s Transnistira region, where in a 2006 referendum some 97% of the population had voted to become part of Russia.
Moments ago this appears to have been confirmed after the president of the territory said the following, via Bloomberg:
- TRANSNISTRIA SEEKING TO JOIN RUSSIA AFTER WINNING INDEPENDENCE
- MOLDOVA’S TRANSNISTRIA REGION SEEKS TO JOIN RUSSIA: PRESIDENT
- TRANSNISTRIA PRESIDENT SHEVCHUK SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ON RUSSIA
One thing is certain: the “west” will not be happy as the Russian territorial expansion continues.
– Russian-Ukrainian volunteer corps going to Syria to fight (“Window to Russia”, Russia) (Voice of Russia, Aug 27, 2013):
Plans are in the works to send a Russian-Ukrainian volunteer corps to Syria to help its leadership with the struggle against the rebels. Several thousand people have already signed up. This came in a statement from the initiator of the volunteer formation, Ukrainian intelligence veteran, Sergey Razumovsky.
“We have literally met with a squall. On all our electronic resources there are requests from people who want to join the corps, mainly from Russia, Belarus, and even Moldova,” Razumovsky says.