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MP: Protests against poll results in Moldova depend on political culture of lost parties

November 14, 2016, 8:42 UTC+3 TEHRAN

Leader of the country’s Party of Socialists Igor Dodon has won the race with support from 52.6% of the electorate

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TEHRAN, November 14. /TASS/. Whether protests are possible or not in Moldova after the presidential election would depend on political culture of the lost team, a Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev told TASS on Monday.

The high-ranking legislator, head of the upper house’s international affairs committee, is now visiting Iran as a member of the Russian parliament’s delegation.

Moldova’s Central Elections Commission reports that leader of the country’s Party of Socialists Igor Dodon has won the race with support from 52.6% of the electorate. His competitor, the candidate from the pro-European opposition Maia Sandu received 47.3% of the vote.

Further development of events "will depend on political culture of the lost team," the high-ranking legislator said in response to a question from TASS whether protest rallies were possible after the election results are clear. Even of bigger importance, he continued, is "the ability of supervisors from Romania and the EU to recognize the defeat of their many-years strategy to pull Moldova towards the integration, which does not correspond with the country’s natural national interests."

The Russian senator earlier wrote on his Facebook page the West would react to results of the presidential election in Moldova by calling them "Kremlin’s tricks." "This is what they will write. This is how we should not react. In case we enter a dispute, we shall confirm an option for choice."

The choice between Russia and the West for Moldova and Bulgaria (where the opposition won the presidential election on Sunday), was artificial, as in reality a dilemma of the kind does not exist. "But what does exist? Both there and over there - a painful gaining of self-identification. The neighbors are regaining now the almost lost feeling of self-dignity," the Russian senator said.

Now, he continued, people of those countries will have to give responses to "extremely complicated, but thus vital questions."

"Most likely, here comes the time for responses," he said in conclusion. "Very complicated elections. Things become more and more interesting."

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