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Opposition Groups In Moldova Rally Against Government

Protesters met in downtown Chisinau

Protesters met in downtown Chisinau

Thousands of people have demonstrated against the government in Chisinau, demanding fresh elections and better living conditions in Moldova.

The protest comes ahead of a spring referendum planned by the government in a bid to change Moldova's constitution, making it easier to elect the president.

According to the existing constitution, parliament elects the president with 61 votes -- a majority that the governing Alliance for European Integration does not currently command in parliament.

The protest was organized by the Committee for the Defense of the Constitution, a group comprised of several extra-parliamentary opposition parties.

The Communist Party, the largest opposition force in parliament, did not take part in the January 22 rally.

But its leader, Vladimir Voronin, announced a series of upcoming nationwide protests.

Photos of the protests from RFE/RL's Moldova Service

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