Moldova elects a new President
Moldova will be holding a presidential election today which sees a pro-Russian well ahead in the polls.
In the first direct presidential elections since 1996 (previously they have been indirect elections by parliament) Igor Dodon of the opposition Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PRSM) is way ahead of all the other contestants with 27% of the vote in the most recent opinion polls.
Dodon’s closest opponent is Maia Sandu of the pro-European Action and Solidarity (PAS) who received an additional boost last week when the Democratic Party (PDM), Marian Lupu, withdrew from the race last week in her favour. Sandu is on 9.3% of the vote with Lupu previously on 7.5% before he withdrew. The Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM) is also supporting Sandu.
The list of remaining candidates, after a number have dropped out in recent weeks, is as follows:
Mihai Ghimpu; Liberal Party (PL) – pro-Europe
Iurie Leancă; European People’s Party (PPEM) – pro-Europe
Dumitru Ciubașenco; Our Party (PN) – pro-Russian
Maia Sandu; Action and Solidarity (PAS) – pro-Europe
Igor Dodon; Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) – pro-Russia
Ana Guțu; “The Right”
Valeriu Ghilețchi; Independent
Maia Laguta; Independent
Silvia Radu; Independent
A candidate has to receive more than 50% of the vote to be elected with at least one third of the voters voting. This means that we anticipate a second round runoff which is scheduled for 13th November. There is no minimum threshold for participation in the second round.
Nicolae Timofti, a pro-European, is the current president of Moldova.