Moldova president says leaving office

Moldova's communist president, Vladimir Voronin, said in a statement on Friday he was leaving office and handing over power to pro-Western opponents.

Moldova president says leaving office

Moldova's communist president, Vladimir Voronin, said in a statement on Friday he was leaving office and handing over power to pro-Western opponents.

"I hand over power into the hands of new authorities with heavy heart," Voronin said in the statement, published in morning newspapers.

"I don't believe that the politicians who united only on the basis of ... smearing their own country and sharing top posts can offer a positive programme to society," he added.

Four Western-leaning parties beat ruling communists in parliamentary polls in July and now have the right to form a government. But the coalition they formed shortly after the election still lacks the eight votes needed to elect a new president.

Acting President Vladimir Voronin, in power since 2001, cannot run for a third four-year term.

He said last week that he would resign to become a parliamentarian, but his Communist Party hoped a court would uphold a procedural complaint that would have delayed the process of choosing a government.

Reuters
Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2009, 13:06
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