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Moldovan Pro-European Parties Agree On Coalition

Three pro-European parties have agreed to form a ruling coalition to produce a government to pilot Moldova toward integration with the European Union.

The Democratic Party, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the Liberal Party announced on July 22 that they had reached an agreement.

Liberal Party leader Mihai Ghimpu called it "a good sign for Moldovans and our European partners."

The parties are meeting on July 22 to discuss allocating cabinet seats and other political posts.

Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici resigned in June after a probe into the authenticity of his high-school diploma and university degree.

Moldova held elections in November 2014 but the pro-European parties failed to come to an agreement, and the government relied on the support of the Communists.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters