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Stuck In The Middle Again?

The OSCE ambassador and head of mission to Moldova until last year, Louis O'Neill, has contributed a timely commentary on the prospect of protracted stalemate after these elections.

He quotes the "malapropistic" Yogi Berra ("deja vu all over again") and Viktor Chernomyrdin ("we wanted to do better, but it turned out like always") before elucidating a widely felt concern:

Pre-election polling suggests that this time around it will be the Communists who garner a sufficient bloc of seats to stonewall the coalition needed to elect the country's president and move ahead with the nation's business.

Are we really destined to watch Moldova continue to careen between competing pro-European and pro-Moscow visions?

-- Andy Heil