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Pro-European Candidate To Challenge Moldova's Presidential Election Results

Maia Sandu
Maia Sandu

CHISINAU -- The pro-European integration candidate who lost Moldova’s November 13 presidential election intends to appeal the ballot results to the country’s Supreme Court.

A lawyer for former Education Minister Maia Sandu, of the Party for Action and Solidarity, told RFE/RL on November 28 that his client will take her appeal to the highest court after the Court of Appeals declined to hear it.

Sandu’s suit claims the Central Election Commission and the Foreign Ministry violated the voting rights of Moldovans living outside the country.

Also on November 28, Chisinau’s Central District Court continued hearings into a separate case filed by 140 Moldovans living in European Union countries who claim they were denied access to absentee ballots.

Sandu lost the November 13 runoff election to Igor Dodon, the pro-Russia leader of the Socialist Party.

Dodon left Moldova on November 27 on a private visit to Moscow for what he described as "a family celebration."