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People protest against the parliamentary election results in Chisinau, Moldova, March 21, 2019 (Photo by Dmitrij Osmatesko for Sputnik via AP).

Post-Election Political Gridlock Is Paralyzing Moldova’s Government

Monday, May 6, 2019

Parliamentary elections were held in Moldova in late February, but the country has yet to form a government. The opposition Socialist Party, which favors closer ties with Russia, gained 35 out of 101 seats in Parliament, while the ruling Democratic Party took 30 seats. A pro-European Union opposition coalition called the ACUM campaigned on an anti-corruption platform and came in third, with 26 seats. Any two of these three parties could form a governing coalition, but wide gaps in their platforms have so far precluded any agreements, says Denis Cenusa, a researcher at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. In an email interview with WPR, he discusses the consequences of the country’s prolonged political stalemate.

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