Communists win Moldova Parliament majority

April 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM
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CHISINAU, Moldova, April 6 (UPI) -- Communists allied with outgoing President Vladimir Voronin have won a majority in Moldova's parliamentary elections, returns indicate.

The Moldovan Communist Party will likely hold 62 or 63 seats in the former Soviet state's next Parliament, enough to elect a new president to replace Voronin, who is stepping down after the maximum two terms, RIA Novosti reported Monday.

"The Communists have gained 49.91 percent of votes, the Liberal Party 12.91 percent, the Liberal Democratic Party 12.23 percent, and the Our Moldova alliance 9.88 percent," said Central Election Commission Secretary Yury Chokan.

The news agency said Voronin plans to serve in the Moldovan Parliament once his presidential term expires.

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