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Moldovan High Court Confirms Communist Election Victory

An election official handles bags of ballots while beginning the parliamentary vote recount.
CHISINAU -- Moldova's Constitutional Court has confirmed the results of the controverial parliamentary elections held on April 5, which saw the ruling Communist Party winning just over 50 percent of the vote, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

The Communists will have 60 seats in the 101-member parliament, and two liberal parties came in second and third with 15 seats each, followed by the centrist Our Moldova Alliance, with 11 seats.

Three opposition parties had contested the original vote results, alleging fraud, and a recount was agreed to by the government.

The elections were deemed mostly free and fair by international observers, but triggered protests by thousands of people in Chisinau that turned violent.

At least two people died in the resulting riots and several hundred were injured.