Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pro-Moscow and pro-Europe candidates face off in Moldova vote

Moldovans were voting Sunday to choose between pro-Moscow and pro-European candidates in a runoff vote for the next president of the impoverished ex-Soviet country.

It marks the first time in 16 years that Moldova -- wracked by corruption scandals in recent years -- is electing its leader by national vote instead of having parliament select the head of state.

Wedged between Ukraine and Romania, the tiny nation is caught in a political tug-of-war between Russia and the West.

By 1200 GMT on Sunday, around 34 percent of the electorate had voted, according to the central electoral commission. There is no minimum threshold for the vote to be valid.

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