: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Moldova’s presidential runoff sees big Russia-West divide

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovans returned to the polls Sunday for a presidential runoff, facing a stark choice between the staunchly pro-Russian incumbent and his popular challenger, a pro-Western former World Bank economist.

The challenger, former Prime Minister Maia Sandu, beat the odds to win the first round on Nov. 1, which narrowed the field from eight to two candidates. Sandu won over 36% of the vote, leaving the incumbent, President Igor Dodon, behind by over 3.5 points.

The election is perceived as a referendum on two divergent visions for the future of the small Eastern European nation sandwiched between Ukraine …read more

Source:: KXAN


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