Moldova election: Pro-EU candidate Maia Sandu wins presidency

Opposition candidate Maia Sandu has won Moldova’s presidential election after a run-off vote against the incumbent Igor Dodon, preliminary results show. With almost all the ballots counted, Sandu has won 57.7% of the vote compared to Dodon’s 42.2%. Sandu, 48, is a former World Bank economist who favours closer ties with the European Union. Dodon, meanwhile, is openly backed by Russia. Final results are expected to be announced within five days.

As of Sunday evening (15 November), more than 1.6 million people – almost 53% of the population with the right to vote – were confirmed to have taken part in the run-off ballot, data on the Central Election Commission website (in Romanian and Russian) shows. Voters had been able to cast their ballots in more than 2,000 polling stations, including those available for Moldovans living abroad, the central election commission said.

After casting her vote in the capital, Chisinau, on Sunday, Sandu called for “maximum vigilance” against possible fraud. She has pledged to fight corruption in the former Soviet republic. Meanwhile, Dodon said he had voted “for friendship with the European Union, and the Russian Federation, and Romania, and Ukraine – for balanced foreign policy”.

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