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17 September, Friday

Moldova integrates Europe detaching from Russia - what does the new election promise?

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The snap parliamentary elections in Moldova have ended in a superb victory for supporters of the country's new president, Maia Sandau.

Sandau, who wanted to move Moldova to the European Union, dismissed the parliament that controlled by former President abd a pro-Russian Igor Dodon immediately after her election. Sandu linked the move to a desire to remove all forces that could hinder her on the path to reform.

Moldova, located between Ukraine and Romania, a member of the European Union, has not been able to fully define its foreign policy for many years. Chisinau, which has a Transnistrian regional problem in its territory, has from time to time had problems with closer ties with Brussels or maintaining relations with Moscow. Sandau, who promised reforms to the people in November, faced serious obstacles from lawmakers of Dodon who were loyal to him. The former World Bank economist then dissolved parliament in April and called an early vote. The centre-right-wing party leader, who has now won the election, has had 52 percent of the vote and is on the verge of integrating Moldova into Europe, completely tearing it apart from Russia.

Eurasia Diary has interviewed Ukrainian political expert Vadym Triukhan about the future political processes in Moldova after the elections.

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- Moldova held snap parliament elections, and this time President Maia Sandau's pro-European centre-right-wing "Action and Solidarity" party won 52 percent of the vote. Does it mean Moldova is completely cut off from Russia?

- Until the results of the elections were announced last night, very few people could have imagined that the party of Moldovan President Maia Sandau could achieve such a great success. However, the results also showed that Moldovan citizens were able to have their say. Nevertheless, I can say that the anger of the pro-Russians in Moldova for revenge has not soothed. Some attempts to influence Moldova's foreign policy from the outside will continue. But I can say with confidence that the Russians will no longer rule in this country.

- Igor Dodon, a former Kremlin supporter backed by a coalition of former socialists and communists, as well as former President Vladimir Voronin, received only 27 percent of the vote. What could be the main reason for this? Why the pro-Russian party received so few votes?

- The reason is that the coalition of communists and socialists has failed. I think that the results for Comrade Voronin and Dodon are already different in meaning. The communists, led by Voronin, return to Moldovan politics after a long time. Although Dodo's socialist supporters that are the dominant political force, their numbers have now dropped to about 15. And they become a small group of colleagues who have no influence on the decisions to be made in parliament. In my opinion, the low result of the bloc of left-wing parties is due to the fact that Moldovans already recognise them. The people no longer believe that these parties can do anything good in the country. As a result, Moldova remains the poorest country in Europe in terms of the financial situation of the country's population. Therefore, voters have decided to hand over all power to President Sandu and her political party, as in Ukraine two years ago.

- What can people expect from the new leader Maia Sandau, who promised big reforms in November?

- I think that the citizens of Moldova have quite high expectations for President Maia Sandau. Above all, people want to achieve a decent standard of living in their countries, a functioning judiciary and EU membership. In addition, the Transnistrian problem, which has been a source of irritation for nearly 30 years and has severe security concerns, has not yielded any results. Therefore, the government and parliament, which began to work together, will have great potential in the future. At the same time, criticism from various quarters will be a factor that will be used by both pro-Russian political forces and the Kremlin to destabilise the country.

Elnur Enveroglu

Eurasia Diary

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