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Moldovan pro-Europeans win the legislative elections and finally manage to beat the pro-Russians


Correspondent in Moscow

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With a participation that does not reach 50% and after a cloudy and little edifying campaign, the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) of the current Moldovan president, Maia Sandu, has managed to win the victory with 51% of the votes in the legislative elections held yesterday Sunday in Moldova. The ballot count reaches almost 100%.

The list of this center-right pro-European formation the capitanea its leader, Igor Grosu. Behind, with 28% of the vote, are his most irreconcilable adversaries, the pro-Russians of the Electoral Bloc of Communists and Socialists (BECS), led by the former presidents, Igor Dodon and Vladimir Voronin.

The struggle between the two political organizations and the debate around whether the country should be closer to Russia or the European Union it comes from afar. It is a discussion that has also been seen in Ukraine and Georgia. The current elections are anticipated and promoted by Sandu, who seeks to form a government oriented to the West and obtain control of the Parliament, made up of 101 deputies, for the next four years.

She beat Dodon in the presidential elections in November last year, but he and Voronin, with their majority, prevent Sandu from applying the policies she advocates of rapprochement with Brussels and the fight against the endemic corruption that grips this country ex-Soviet located between Romania and Ukraine and one of the poorest in Europe. It has a population of less than 2.7 million people. So the president dissolved the Chamber last April. The EU has sent a large delegation of observers to Moldova. It is the first time that it does it to an election since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sandu was elected last November by a narrow margin of votes in the second round of the presidential elections with Dodon as a rival. The current president had previously been prime minister, with Dodon being the head of state, but was shot down by a vote of no confidence, in 2019, in the midst of one of the longest and deepest political crises of the many since the country broke away from the Soviet Union. All this was the result of the eternal confrontation between the right and the left, between pro-Europeans and pro-Russians.

Moscow seems to have gotten used to the idea that Chisinau has taken a course different from its interests, but it came to dream of a pro-Russian uprising like in eastern Ukraine, but at the level of the entire country. Moldova, by the way, already has a rebel territory loyal to the Kremlin, Transnistria, the secessionist region that declared itself independent after a civil war. Sandu recently called for the Russian troops currently deployed in Transnistria to withdraw at once, words that have not been liked at all in the Kremlin.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putinhas been applying the clamp of communists and separatists to Moldova to prevent their flight to the West, but now the game seems to be lost, although Russia maintains many sources of influence there, many supporters and economic interests.

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