Moldova: communists win local elections

Political deadlock and economic hardship appear to have steered Moldovans towards the opposition Communists in local elections on Sunday.

Communist Igor Dodon is leading the mayoral race in the Moldovan capital Chisinau with around 52 percent of the vote, while incumbent mayor Dorin Chirtoaca holds 43 percent, according to preliminary results of local elections held on Sunday.

The opposition Communist Party, PCM, led by former President Vladimir Voronin, are strong supporters of closer ties with Russia, while promoting anti-Romanian and anti-NATO positions. They back “normal relations” with the European Union.

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