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Pro-EU Maia Sandu wins Moldova’s presidential vote

As of 06:30 CET, Sandu had won 57.63percent of their vote into Dodon’s 48.37percent with over 99.8 percent of the ballots counted, based on information published from the nation’s electoral commission.

Sandu, who lost the presidential elections in 2016 into Dodon by only 70,000 votes, had been buoyed by the huge turnout from the 1.2 million-strong Moldovan diaspora which took her over Dodon at the first round on November 1 and also turned out in force on Sunday.

Moldova, a former Soviet republic of 3.5 million people sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, is the poorest country in Europe, and thousands and thousands of its citizens have transferred overseas for opportunities and work in the past couple of decades.

In 2015, the nation was rocked by a huge corruption scandal under which billion dollars vanished in the coffers of three federal banks.

Talking on election day, Sandu explained: “Now, you can punish those that stole you, that decreased one to distress and made to depart from your residence.”

Sandu, 48, is a former prime minister of Moldova and pioneer of this Action and Solidarity celebration and famous for her pro-European position and support from Brussels and European capitals.

From the run-up into the survey, there were concerns regarding voter fraud, not least in the breakaway region of Transnistria, in which in prior elections tens of thousands of taxpayers are transported throughout the border with Moldova to vote for pro-Russian candidates.

On Sunday, veterans of this war between Moldova and Transnistria in 1992 were patrolling the streets that divide both lands to make sure that buses weren’t bringing voters across the boundary. A ban on vehicles carrying more than eight individuals was brought from the police on election day.

Russia vs Europe

Recently, Dodon has become the favorite to win the election because of Moldova’s heavily social networking, with the vast majority of TV stations and information outlets controlled by pro-Moscow celebrations. Moldova’s Russian-speaking minority has been expected to vote for Dodon.

However, on November 1, Sandu won 36 percent of their vote into Dodon’s 33%, implying that her effort had real momentum.

Exterior of Moldova, the election was translated as a referendum on the nation’s leadership, together with Dodon representing closer connections with Russia and Sandu together with the EU. Lately, Vladimir Putin endorsed Dodon, that has seen Russia tons of times because 2016.

However, in Moldova – and the diaspora – the significant election problems have been economical instead of geopolitical. Much like the rest of Europe, the nation was battered by the coronavirus, and the constraints imposed to stop its spread dealt a significant blow to its market.

But a Sandu success will probably be received warmly in Europe, together with which Moldova signed an association agreement in 2014.

It’s just the second time in Moldova’s contemporary history that the president was chosen by popular vote, before 2016 it was parliament that picked the candidate for the function.

Turnout was down in 2016, according to the nation’s Central Election’Committee, to only under 53 percent compared to 53.3percent four years before.