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Moldova President Dissolves Parliament, Calls Poll

Vladimir Voronin
CHISINAU (Reuters) -- Moldova's outgoing president, Vladimir Voronin, has dissolved parliament, called an early election to the chamber, and warned voters that opposition parties wanted to sow chaos in the former Soviet state.

Voronin announced the July 29 election on state television, issuing a decree in accordance with Moldova's Constitution after it twice failed to endorse his choice of successor in the aftermath of an April election to the assembly.

"I have issued a decree of the dissolution of parliament," he said. "The atmosphere for this election is much worse than it was before the April election. The opposition wants destabilization, chaos, and the defeat of Moldova."