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Moldova Calls Presidential Election for November 18

Moldova has been without a president since communist leader Vladimir Vorin stepped down in 2009.
Moldova has set November 18 as the date for a presidential election in a fresh bid to end a leadership crisis which has paralyzed reform in one of Europe's poorest countries for more than two years.

The election of a president in Moldova is made by parliament, not by direct popular vote, and requires the support of at least 61 deputies.

Political stalemate has frustrated previous attempts to elect a head of state since the ruling Alliance for European Integration holds only 59 seats, while the communist opposition, which holds 42 seats, has blocked their candidates.

The country has been without a full-time president since communist leader Vladimir Voronin stepped down in September 2009 after two consecutive terms in office.