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Supporters of presidential election loser Maia Sandu rally in Chisinau

November 14, 2016, 19:42 UTC+3 CHISINAU
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CHISINAU, November 14. /TASS/. The supporters of pro-European candidate Maia Sandu who had lost the presidential election in Moldova on Sunday gathered for a protest action in the republic’s capital on Monday.

Several hundred young people with the flags of neighboring Romania gathered in the capital’s central square and then moved along its main avenue, trying to block the transport traffic and attract the attention of passers-by, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.

The protesters are acting noisily, urging with the use of megaphones not to recognize the victory of Moldovan Socialist Party leader Igor Dodon and are shouting out demands on holding repeat presidential elections, early parliamentary elections and the resignation of the head of the Central Electoral Commission.

The protesters’ leaders told journalists that they were supporters of Moldova’s integration with the EU and disagreed with Dodon’s plans to restore relations with Russia.

The presidential runoff in Moldova was held on November 13. According to preliminary data provided by the Central Electoral Commission, Socialist Party leader Dodon won a victory at the elections, gaining 52.18% of the votes while Sandu got 47.82%

Meanwhile, leader of Moldova’s opposition Party of Action and Solidarity Sandu who was the sole candidate for the president from the pro-European forces said she intended to protest the results of the presidential runoff in the Constitutional Court.

"The elections were held with numerous violations. We’ll wait until observers’ reports are available, gather necessary materials and protest the results in the Constitutional Court. After that, we’ll decide what to do next," Sandu said.

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