Moldova: Chisinau fears a hung parliament
29 November 2010
"Moldova has defeated communism." So ran Timpul's front page a few hours after this weekend’s general election, with exit polls showing a clear majority for the AIE – Alliance for European Integration. However, with almost all votes counted, and with its main rival the Communist party on 44 seats, the AIE, at 57 seats, has failed to obtain the 61 needed to elect the next Moldovan president and put an end to the instability that has plagued the country over the last year. According to Timpul, there are two possible scenarios that could break the deadlock: "a betrayal" by the country’s Liberal Democratic Party, whose 31 MPs may quit the AEI to join forces with the communists, or yet another election.