Presidential election on 18th November
Moldova has set a date for its presidential election for 18th November. The country does not have a president at present because of a stalemate in getting a parliamentary majority. The last president, Vladimir Voronin, stepped down in 2009 having served his two terms.
The president is elected by parliament in an indirect election, with 61 votes needed for the winning candidate. Currently the ruling Alliance for European Integration which is made up of three parties, the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (32 seats), the Democratic Party of Moldova (15 seats) and the Liberal Party of Moldova (12 seats) can muster only 59 votes. The only other party in the 101 seat Parliament of Moldova is the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova with 42 seats.
If after two attempts the parliament cannot elect a president then parliament must be dissolved and the interim president, currently Marian Lupu, will call a general election. This is what happened after President Voronin stepped down and that led to an election on 28th November 2010.