Moldova holds historic parliamentary polls


According to the reports, polling stations are open from 7:00 a.m. local time to 9:00 p.m. Sunday.

Voters are casting their ballots to choose lawmakers to a 101-seat parliament for a four-year term.

Opinion polls show a neck-and-neck competition. While nearly 40 percent of Moldovans support pro-European parties, around the same percentage support opposition pro-Russian parties.

No party is expected to gain an outright majority, as parties must win at least six percent of the vote to get a seat.

The vote in one of the poorest European nations comes as Russia and the European Union remain locked in a tug of war for more influence in the region, with the crisis in Ukraine being the major bone of contention between the two sides.

At present, Moldova is run by a pro-European coalition led by Prime Minister Iurie Leanca which favors more integration with Europe.


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