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Moldova Sets Stage For November Elections

Mihai Ghimpu
Moldova's Constitutional Court has told the acting president to dissolve parliament and call an election.

The court ruled that parliament speaker Mihai Ghimpu, who is also one of the leaders of the pro-Western, four-party Alliance for European Integration, should now issue a decree formally disbanding parliament and setting an election date.

Ghimpu's adviser, Vlad Lupan, said the president intended to dissolve the legislature by September 28, in order to allow early elections as soon as November 28.

The election will pit the coalition parties against the opposition Communists, the strongest single party in the country.

A government-initiated September 5 referendum, aimed at switching to presidential elections by popular vote instead of a parliamentary system, collapsed because of low turnout.