Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/moldova : Eu Welcomes Pro-European Alliance's Election Victory in Moldova

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/moldova : Eu Welcomes Pro-European Alliance's Election Victory in Moldova

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The European Union has welcomed the victory of the pro-European camp in Moldova's parliamentary elections, held on 28 November, and called for the swift formation of a government and the election of a president. It has praised the country for its proper conduct of the vote and pledged to continue supporting its pro-European drive. In a joint statement, issued on 30 November, Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign affairs chief, and Stefan Fule, the commissioner for enlargement, said that the elections give Moldova "an opportunity to consolidate political stability" and to further "strengthen democracy and implement structural reforms". They called upon all political forces in Moldova to "engage in an open and constructive dialogue paving the way for the formation of a governing coalition as well as the election of the president".

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the ballot was acceptable. "The election met most OSCE and Council of Europe commitments," the group said in a preliminary report.

With more than 95% of the votes counted, the ruling pro-Western coalition of the Alliance for European Integration (AEI), which came to power in August 2009, gained a total of about 50%, ie 57 seats in the parliament - four short of 61 needed to be able to alone elect the president. The Communists, advocating integration with other CIS countries, including accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, received slightly over 40% of the votes, ie 44 seats. …

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