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Lupu Votes

Marian Lupu (second from right) and other Democratic Party leaders on July 21
RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Maksim Yaroshevsky filed this report from Chisinau about how former parliament speaker and Communist Party official Marian Lupu cast his ballot today (text in Russian here). Lupu split from the Communists last month and is now heading the opposition Democratic Party.

Democratic Party leader Marian Lupu has just cast his ballot at polling station No. 114 in Chisinau's Hospital No. 1. Lupu arrived with his wife and with no security. He conducted a press conference at the entrance to the hospital. Here he also met with voters, who wished him success. It is interesting that Lupu gives interviews in three languages – Romanian, Russian, and English. He also speaks some French. He says that the Democratic Party is socialist-oriented and left-of-center and it intends to replace the Communist regime currently governing in Moldova.

Yaroshevsky reports that the mood in Chisinau is calm and turnout is brisk. Both young and elderly voters are turning up to cast ballots. He reported that he has seen no signs of police or unusual security.

"Everything seems calm enough," Yaroshevsky reports.

-- Robert Coalson