TIRASPOL -- The speaker of the parliament in Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region, Yevgeny Shevchuk, has resigned, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.
He cited "deep disagreements" with Transdniestrian leader Igor Smirnov.
Shevchuk has served as parliament speaker since 2005, and managed to push through a number of constitutional changes during that period.
While known as a reformer within the leadership of the breakaway region, Shevchuk has opposed the idea of reunification with Moldova.
Transdniester has had de facto independence since a brief but bloody war in the early 1990s.