Analysis 11 Nov 16

Moldovans Dispute Presidential Election as East-West Choice

While the two would-be presidents of Moldova broadly represent pro-EU and pro-Moscow options, most ordinary people just want a leader they can trust and respect.

Marian Chiriac
Igor Dodon, leader of the Moldovan Party of Socialists (right) and former Prime Minister of Moldova Zinaida Grechany (centre) with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo:

Twenty-five-year-old Eugeniu Dedov is anxiously awaiting the run-off of the first direct presidential vote in 20 years in the impoverished former Soviet republic of Moldova.

„Moldova needs unity and people have to get more involved in order to improve the situation. People are desperately hoping for a change, but they have to ask for it, by voting,” Dedov, a teacher by profession but now without a regular job, told BIRN.

In the run-off on November 13, Igor Dodon, from the pro-Moscow Socialist Party, will face Maia Sandu, head of a small pro-EU party.

The contest is widely seen as a test of whether the country’s fate lies more with the European Union or with Russia.

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