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Moldova Holds First Presidential Election in 20 Years

Reuters

Voting is under way in Moldova for the country's first presidential election in 20 years, BBC reports. Since 1996 presidents of Moldova have been chosen by parliament.

The vote is being seen as a battle between those supporting closer ties with Russia and those wanting integration with the European Union.

Moldova was thrown into political turmoil in 2014 with the disappearance of about $1bn (£820m) from the banking system. There were weeks of street protests and six prime ministers took office in one year.

Since then, parliament has passed anti-corruption laws, forcing public officials to disclose their assets and making the misuse of EU funds a criminal offence.

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