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Moldovan Parliament Elects President, Ending Three-Year Deadlock

Newly elected President Nicolae Timofti speaks in front of the Republic Palace in Chisinau on March 16.
Newly elected President Nicolae Timofti speaks in front of the Republic Palace in Chisinau on March 16.
By RFE/RL's Moldovan Service
CHISINAU -- Moldovan legislators have elected a new president, ending a political deadlock that had left the country without a full-time head of state since 2009.

The president in Moldova is elected by parliament and not by popular vote.

Nicolae Timofti, the candidate put forward by Moldova's ruling pro-Western alliance, gathered one more vote than the 61 required for his election.

Three lawmakers who were formerly part of the Communist opposition and one independent lawmaker voted for Timofti, enabling him to secure victory.

Timofti, a 63-year-old judge with no apparent political allegiances, was the only candidate running for the post.

Addressing parliament before the vote, Timofti said he strongly supported Prime Minister Vlad Filat's efforts to steer Moldova closer to Europe.

"We need an idea that can unite society and help it move forward," he said, "and I think this idea is European integration."

Timofti also pledged that he would "not take part in politics" and would represent all Moldovan citizens. He said he would strive for a settlement of the dispute over Transdniester, a strip of land on Moldova's eastern border controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

The squabbling parties forming the ruling Alliance for European Integration had, until now, been unable to reach a compromise with the group of Communist defectors and had failed to get a candidate elected in previous votes.

Deputies from the Communist Party, which has been demanding the dissolution of parliament, boycotted the March 16 vote.

Moldova has had acting presidents since Vladimir Voronin of the Communist Party ended his second presidential term more than 900 days ago.

The March 16 election took place amid a heavy police presence.

The Communist Party called on its supporters to hold a peaceful rally outside the parliament in Chisinau to protest the election. Pro-government demonstrators announced plans for a counterrally.

Voronin rejected the vote and accused the three defectors of "treachery." At least 70,000 communist protesters marched through the streets of the capital, Chisinau, shouting "Down with the usurpers!"

With Reuters and AFP reporting
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by: Ben
March 16, 2012 16:17
I`ve always thought that the purpouse of the RFE is the help to the countries like Moldova,Georgia at cetra.But in reality RFE is busy with the appeasement of Russia and EU lefists.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 16, 2012 16:56
You are saying: "in reality RFE is busy with the appeasement of Russia and EU lefists". Really :-)))))))???? It's interesting that you are the first one to notice that, and probably the last one as well :-)).
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by: Ben
March 16, 2012 19:32
Hi Eugenio from Veneto or Eugen from Vienna.What are you doing in Vienna? NATO watch?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 17, 2012 10:28
I am a spy working for the KGB: Putin stationed me here to spread the Russian propaganda via internet. But don't tell anyone - it's a secret :-)).
By the way, I think that "Veneto" is the region in Italy around Venezia, whereas what we have here around Vienna is the Federal Land of Lower Austria - 'cos it's just so low, one can't get any lower than that :-)))))).

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