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Moldovan parliamentary election shows most citizens back ties with Russia — ForMin

December 03, 2014, 16:11 UTC+3

“Serious questions towards offering equal possibilities to the voters abroad remain,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said

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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Results of the parliamentary election in Moldova show that most citizens back development of ties with Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

“In general, the outcome of the Moldovan parliamentary polls shows that a significant number of Moldova’s voters are in favor of developing relations with Russia and the country’s joining the integration process on the Eurasian space,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the fact cannot be ignored that “conclusions on their (elections) transparent and democratic character mismatch blatant violations during the preparations for and holding the vote.”

In particular, the ministry mentions that one political party which enjoys broad support of voters was banned from participating in the polls. “Serious questions towards offering equal possibilities to the voters abroad remain,” the statement reads.

“Serious questions towards offering equal possibilities to the voters abroad remain,” the statement reads.

Only five voting stations had been opened for Moldovans in Russia, thus depriving hundreds of thousands of the country’s nationals of their right to vote, the ministry stressed.

“In these uneasy conditions, Russian authorities provided maximum assistance to the vote of Moldovan citizens on the territory of the country,” the ministry said, condemning Chisinau’s attempts to shift the blame on Russia for the drawbacks of the voting process in the country.

International observers said in a statement on Monday the elections in Moldova “were characterized by a wide choice of political alternatives and were generally well administered, although the deregistration of one electoral contestant shortly before election day raised questions about the timing and circumstances.”

Moldova election results

Moldova’s Party of Socialists (leader Igor Dodon) which favors Moldova’s Eurasian integration, is leading with 21% after 91% of the votes have been counted, Moldova’s Central Electoral Commission said on Monday.

The Communist Party of Moldova (led by the country’s former president, Vladimir Voronin), which had led the elections for the past 15 years, came only third this time with 17% of the votes.

A group of three pro-European parties, including the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (led by the former prime minister Vlad Filat); the Democratic Party of Marian Lupu and the Liberal Party of Mihai Ghimpu which wants Moldova to unite with Romania and join NATO, gained 19%, 15% and 9%, respectively.

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