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May–June 2009 Moldovan presidential election

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An indirect presidential election was held in Moldova following the April 2009 parliamentary election.

Moldovan presidential election

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  Zinaida Greceanîi.jpg
Nominee Zinaida Greceanîi Stanislav Groppa Andrei Neguţă
Party PCRM PCRM PCRM
Electoral vote 60 0 0

President before election

Vladimir Voronin

Elected President

None
Vladimir Voronin
(incumbent)

OverviewEdit

The incumbent president, Vladimir Voronin, is term-limited and was elected to become speaker of the Parliament of Moldova in early May 2009; the ruling Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) nominated Zinaida Greceanîi.[1] As the PCRM held only 60 of 101 seats in parliament, but 61 seats were required to elect the president, at least one dissenting vote from the opposition was required; the opposition had announced, however, that it would boycott the election, thus forcing repeated parliamentary elections.[2]

In the first round on 20 May 2009, the opposition successfully boycotted the election procedure; a second round was set for 28 May 2009.[3] On that day, the election was postponed to 3 June 2009; the PCRM claimed that it was due to Ascension Thursday falling that day, while the opposition criticised the PCRM's attempts to delay the election.[4]

On 2 June 2009, the former parliamentary speaker Marian Lupu (who had been expected to become prime minister in a musical chairs-like shift of offices among Voronin, Greceanîi and Lupu) defected to the opposition, stating that he had realised that the PCRM was undemocratic and could not be reformed from within.[5] As had been expected, the second round of the presidential elections was also unsuccessful, leading to early parliamentary elections held on 29 July 2009.[6]

In both rounds, alternative candidates were also nominated by the PCRM – Stanislav Groppa, a doctor, in the first round; and Andrei Neguţă, the Moldovan ambassador to Russia, in the second round.

The election on 20 May 2009
Candidates Party Votes
Zinaida Greceanîi PCRM 60
Stanislav Groppa PCRM 0
There were 60 voters of 101 seats in parliament
The election on 3 June 2009
Candidates Party Votes
Zinaida Greceanîi PCRM 60
Andrei Neguţă PCRM 0
There were 60 voters of 101 seats in parliament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.kyivpost.com/world/41316
  2. ^ http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4200826,00.html
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8059039.stm
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8071251.stm
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2009-06-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5htZt2vo56eYZtzMxfOX2b6_xvTNAD98J5MQ80

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