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Moldovan Communists To Consider Grand Coalition

Moldova's acting President Vladimir Voronin
Moldova's acting President Vladimir Voronin
CHISINAU -- The head of Moldova's ruling Communist Party, Vladimir Voronin, has said he will not rule out forming a grand coalition with the opposition parties after the July 29 general elections, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

Voronin, who is Moldova's acting president, said the four main opposition parties "are extreme right," but added that his Communist Party would consider working with them in the new government if election results are inconclusive.

The Communists won the previous election, on April 5, but their majority in the new parliament was not large enough to allow them to elect a Communist replacement for Voronin.

The election was followed by street protests that turned violent in the capital city.

At least one protester was killed and hundreds were detained by police.

Some of them have since complained of police brutality and filed lawsuits.

Voronin has blamed the opposition and neighboring EU member Romania for the riots.