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Moldova fails to elect president, crisis deepens

Marian LupuChisinau (Moldova), Dec 7 : Moldova's parliament Monday failed to elect a new president in a critical showdown vote, intensifying a political crisis in the former Soviet republic.

A total of 53 MPs in Moldova's 101-seat legislature voted in favour of candidate Marian Lupu, put forward by the country's pro-Europe ruling coalition.

But 48 MPs loyal to Moldova's Communist Party abstained from voting and left the parliament shortly before the poll. They left Lupu eight votes short of a 61-member majority necessary for a presidential candidate's election under Moldovan law.

Suspected grenade detonates in Moldova crowd injuring 40

Suspected grenade detonates in Moldova crowd injuring 40Chisinau  - A suspected hand grenade exploded in a crowded Moldovan city square injuring 40, the Infotag news agency reported Thursday.

The blast took place late Wednesday evening at the Arch of Triumph monument in the centre of the Moldovan capital Chisinau.

Metal fragments from the explosion left 37 victims hospitalised, Internal Affairs Minister Viktor Katan said.

Most of the victims were Chisinau youth, the majority receiving injuries to their legs or arms, according to the report.

Russia's Lavrov: US idea to base radars in Ukraine "extravagant"

Russia's Lavrov: US idea to base radars in Ukraine "extravagant" Chisinau - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday described a recent US suggestion that portions of an European anti- missile radar system might be based in Ukraine "extravagant and rather unexpected."

Lavrov made the remarks carried by the Interfax news agency in response to a journalist's question during a meeting of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) state heads, in the Moldovan capital Chisinau.

Moldova's pro-Europe coalition agrees on cabinet posts

Moldova's pro-Europe coalition agrees on cabinet posts Chisinau  - Moldova's ruling coalition has agreed on cabinet assignments for the country's new pro-Europe government, the Infotag news agency reported Wednesday.

Members of the largest party in the ruling coalition, the market- reform-supporting Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, was set to get the prime minister's job.

The party was also set to gain the leadership of the national police and the ministries of finance, justice, health and foreign affairs.

Candidate for Moldovan premier seeks "radical" reforms

Candidate for Moldovan premier seeks "radical" reforms Chisinau - The top candidate for the position of Moldova's prime minister on Monday said he would work for "radical" reforms to government if elected, according to an Infotag news agency report.

"We will change the role of government completely," said Vlad Filat. "But we must do it in a transparent manner."

Moldova has no plans to join Romania or NATO, acting president says

Chisinau  - Moldova's acting president Mihai Gimpu on Wednesday said the new ruling coalition would neither attempt to join NATO, nor try to return the country to Romanian control.

He made the comments to Moldova's PROTV television channel. Gimpu, who is also speaker of parliament, took over as acting president after Vladimir Voronin resigned earlier this month.

A four-party alliance of centre-right parties recently elected to power in Moldova has no intention of abandoning the country's traditional neutral stance between Russia and NATO, he said.

Moldova ruling coalition, opposition edge closer on EU integration

Moldova ruling coalition, opposition edge closer on EU integration Chisinau - Moldova's ruling coalition and the opposition Communist Party edged toward finding common ground on Monday, with officials from both sides making declarations supporting integration with the European Union, the Infotag news agency reported.

Mihai Gimpu, the newly elected parliament speaker, said in a radio interview that his faction's top priorities were reduction of poverty and tying Moldova's economy closer to Europe's, while retaining Moldovan political sovereignty.

Communist Moldovan president quits, stalemate shifts to parliament

Communist Moldovan president quits, stalemate shifts to parliament Chisinau - Vladimir Voronin, the Moldovan president and head of the country's Communist Party, quit his job as chief executive on Wednesday, shifting the long-term political stalemate in the former Soviet republic to the legislature.

"It is true, I will only be fulfilling the role of a simple MP in the future," Voronin told reporters from the Infotag news agency. "I have resigned as president."

Former Moldova opposition unites to form new ruling coalition

Former Moldova opposition unites to form new ruling coalition Chisinau - An alliance of Moldovan pro-Europe parties united on Saturday to form a new ruling coalition, the Infotag news agency reported Saturday.

The four Moldovan political parties, all in the opposition prior to a July 29 national parliament vote, are led by the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democratic Party, and collectively control 53 seats in the former Soviet republic's 101-member parliament.

OSCE: Moldova elections were democratic

OSCE: Moldova elections were democraticChisinau  - Parliamentary elections in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova were mostly democratic, said international election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Thursday in the Moldovan capital Chisinau.

The OSCE however criticized Wednesday's elections, the second this year, as being marked by intimidation of voters and obstacles set before the opposition.

In addition, according to the OSCE, the state-controlled media was often unbalanced in its reporting.

Pro-Western opposition ahead in Moldova election count

Chisinau  - The pro-Western opposition was ahead of the governing Communists in parliamentary elections in Moldova, according to initial figures released by the Central Electoral Commission early Thursday.

After more than three-quarters of the votes had been counted, the Communist Party was on 45.9 per cent.

That would mean the Communists, led by Moldova's President Vladimir Voronin, could lose their overall majority which is needed to form a government.

Moldova helicopter on NATO contract shot down in Afghanistan

Moldova helicopter on NATO contract shot down in AfghanistanChisinau  - A Moldova forces helicopter working for NATO in Afghanistan was shot down Tuesday, the Infotag news agency reported.

Some, but not all, of a six-man crew of Ukrainian nationals died in the morning incident, according to statement from the Chisinau air charter company Pecotox-Airi.

A missile or rocket caused the crash, according to the report.

The Mi-26 heavy helicopter and crew had been performing humanitarian aid missions, officials at Moldova's state civil aviation administration said.

Moldova parliament at impasse, fails to elect new president

Moldovan opposition boycott president's election in poll protestChisinau- Moldova's Communist-controlled Parliament failed by one vote to elect a new president Wednesday, continuing the political impasse in the country.

Out of the country's 101 legislators, 60 voted in favour of Communist presidential nominee Zinaida Greceanii, while opposition parties controlling 41 seats boycotted the vote.

Greceanii fell one vote short of the necessary 61-seat majority.

Moldova opposition to boycott parliament vote on new president

Moldova opposition to boycott parliament vote on new president Chisinau - Leaders of Moldova's opposition on Thursday announced plans to boycott the next parliament as the country's supreme court set a deadline for a political showdown in the former Soviet republic.

"We will not participate in the election of a president, and in parliamentary sessions that will discuss it," said Mihai Gimpu, leader of the opposition Liberal Party of Molodva (LPM).

Renewed anti-government demonstrations in Moldova

Renewed anti-government demonstrations in MoldovaChisinau/Kiev - Opponents of Moldova's Communist government renewed mass protest on Sunday, with more than 10,000 people taking part in a peaceful demonstration in the capital Chisinau. The peaceful march moved along Chisinau's main Stefan Chel Mare Boulevard without halting traffic, as with protests in previous days.

Three opposition political parties upset with a Communist election win a week ago organized the demonstration.

Moldovan man arrested during protests dies in hospital

Moldova President Vladimir VoroninChisinau/Moscow - A 23-year-old man who was arrested by police in anti-government protests in Moldova earlier in the week has died in hospital, according to reports Sunday. The man had been beaten in detention, leading to his death, the Interfax news agency reported, quoting the protestor's parents. Police denied knowledge of the case.

Moldova's opposition meanwhile on Sunday called another large rally.

Protests in the capital Chisinau against the Communist election win on Tuesday turned violent, with some 270 people injured and about 200 arrested.

Moldova Communists one vote short of presidential power

Moldova Communists one vote short of presidential power Chisinau/Moscow  - After days of violent protests, Moldova's ruling Communist Party fell one vote short of the number needed to name the country's next president, according to final, adjusted election results released late Wednesday.

The final figures were made public after three days of dramatic protests against the full Communist victory in the small country that lies between Ukraine and Romania.

Woman suffocates to death in Moldova protest fire

Woman suffocates to death in Moldova protest fireChisinau - A young woman died of suffocation on Tuesday from a fire set by Moldovan anti-government protestors, Moldova-1 television reported, citing police sources.

The woman had been part of a group of several hundred protestors that had overrun Moldova's parliament building earlier in the day.

Smoke from fires breaking out in the building killed her, according to the unconfirmed report.

Some 60 persons had been confirmed injured in fighting between police and student protestors angry at the results of a Sunday parliament election.

Moldovans protesting Communist vote win break into parliament

Moldovans protesting Communist vote win break into parliament Chisinau - Hundreds of Moldovan students irate at a recent Communist win in national elections broke into the parliament building on Tuesday, breaking windows and setting furniture on fire.

Police initially used water cannon in an attempt to control the crowd in the central districts of the Moldovan capital. More than than 10,000 protestors had gathered in the centre by mid-afternoon with more arriving.

Moldova's Communists hold solid lead in Parliament vote counts

Moldova's Communists hold solid lead in Parliament vote counts Chisinau  - Moldova's ruling Communist Party was firmly on track Monday to maintain control of Parliament as officials counted ballots from a weekend national election.

The centre-left party headed by President Vladimir Voronin had captured 54.2 per cent of the popular vote with one-quarter of all ballots counted, according to data made public by Moldova's Central Election Commission.

The preliminary official numbers were stronger than exit polls, which had predicted the Communists would receive 45-per-cent nationwide support.




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