Moldova to Vote in First Direct Election for President in 20 Years

Chisinau, – Moldovans will vote Sunday in their first election for president in 20 years.

This year, amid mass protests, the country’s constitutional court reinstated the direct election for president. Since 1996, parliament had decided who to appoint to the top office.

According to opinion polls, the apparent favorite is socialist Igor Donon. However, observers expect a close race between Donon and pro-EU liberal Maia Sandu.

If no candidate receives 50% of the votes, there should be a run-off election. Moldova, located between Romania and Ukraine with a population of about 3.5 million people, is one of the poorest countries in Europe.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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