Published: Tue, November 15, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Moldova election: Pro-Russia politician in clear win

Moldova election: Pro-Russia politician in clear win

Students take part in a rally against Moldova's Socialist Party presidential candidate Igor Dodon after a presidential election near the Central Election Commission in Chisinau, Moldova late Sunday.

While Dodon said he wants to shift Moldova's alliance toward Russian Federation, political analysts say the election is more about bringing in a new face after corruption scandals damaged Moldova's European path.

Russia's geopolitical influence is set to be further strengthened, with two Eastern European countries expected to elect as their leaders candidates with links to Moscow and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

Pro-European presidential candidate Maia Sandu speaks to the media after voting ended in the presidential elections, in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.

Voters in the former Soviet bloc nations of Bulgaria and Moldova went to the polls Sunday in their respective runoff presidential elections. Maia Sandu, who ran on an anti-corruption ticket, had 47.7 percent.

Dodon wants to federalize Moldova to include the Trans-Dniester regions where more than 1,000 Russians troops are stationed.

Dodon has criticized Moldova's pro-EU leadership for limiting trade partnership with Russian Federation.

New elections would mean yet more instability for Moldova, where a $1 billion graft scandal in 2014 badly damaged trust in pro-EU leaders and resulted in the prime minister being jailed.

He argues that the recent gravitation towards the European Union, marked by its signing an EU association agreement in 2014, has cost the country its ties with neighboring Russian Federation.

The results of both elections were declared yesterday, around the same time that EU foreign ministers were meeting for a 'panic dinner' in Brussels, to discuss how the union should respond to the United States election.

In places like Paris, Milan, Dublin, and the London borough of Stratford, Moldovans lined up for hours to vote.

However, the president can not cancel the association agreement, which was ratified by parliament.

She called for the resignation of authorities responsible for organising the elections.

Brett said the result suited the pro-European government in power since 2009 because "he is cut from the same cloth as them and they share the same self-interests".

Sandu needed a high turnout to hope to win, but the final turnout of 53.3 percent was less than she had hoped.

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