The pro-European candidate Maia Sandu has managed to prevail in the second round of the elections in Moldova held this Sunday with 55.68 percent of the support, after confirming the scrutiny of 98 percent of the electoral records, has reported the Central Electoral Commission (CCE) of the country .
Sandu, from the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), has thus defeated the outgoing president and candidate considered akin to Russia, Igor Dodon, who has obtained 44.32 percent of the votes.
Moldova, a former Soviet republic in Eastern Europe between Ukraine and Romania, has long been divided between the two aspirations, a schism that is reflected in these elections.
As president, Dodon has sought support in Russia to save Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, which has been on the brink of economic collapse in recent years.
Sandu, 48, served as prime minister for several months during Dodon’s first term. before losing office on a motion of no confidence. His program has presented the option of further integration with the EU as a way out of the economic crisis.
Dodon, 45, previously beat Sandu in a second round in the 2016 election, but he has lagged slightly behind Sandu in the first round of the 2020 vote earlier this month.