Moldovan presidential elections: Torn between Europe and Russia, Moldovans vote in runoff election - DW

15:04 Nov. 13, 2016

Torn between Europe and Russia, Moldovans vote in runoff election - DW

A woman casts her ballot with assistance from a small child in Chisinau, Moldova. Nov. 13, 2016 (AP Images)

Polls show pro-Moscow candidate Igor Dodon leading after failing to reach a majority in the first round of voting with 48 percent

November 13, Moldovan voters cast their vote in a divided presidential runoff, marking the final round of the country's first direct election of its president in 16 years, as reported by DW

Polls show pro-Moscow candidate Igor Dodon, leader of the Socialist Party, leading after failing to reach a majority in the first round of voting with 48 percent.

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Dodon has campaigned on restoring ties with Russia after it enacted a trade embargo against Moldova for signing a trade association deal with the EU in 2014.

His pro-European rival Maia Sandu, who garnered 38 percent of the vote in the first round, has instead campaigned on closer ties with Brussels and tackling corruption.

The EU association agreement "is the basis for the country's development," Sandu said during a televised debate.

Read also Self-proclaimed Transnistria rejects withdrawal of Russian troops

Sandu has also called for Russians troops in the separatist region of Transnistria to withdraw.

Partial election results are expected early Monday, according to the electoral commission.

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