Pro-European candidate Dorin Chirtoaca wins third mandate as Chisinau mayor


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The pro-European Union candidate Dorin Chirtoaca easily won the runoff vote for mayor of Moldova’s capital and biggest city, in an election seen as a test of whether the former Soviet republic moves closer to the EU or to neighbouring Russia, reports.
With all the votes counted in Chisinau, incumbent Dorin Chirtoaca had 53.54 percent of the vote from Sunday’s ballot with pro-Russian challenger Zinaida Greceanai, a former prime minister, trailing at 46.46 percent.
Chirtoaca’s victory is a boost for Moldova’s pro-European parties, who hold a slim margin in Parliament and struggle to remain united.
“I feel like a newborn,” said the 38-year-old Chirtoaca. “Being elected for a third time … means trust, joy and gratitude.”
Turnout across the country was 47.5 percent, slightly lower than in the first round on June 14 but it was higher in the capital, 48.8 percent.

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