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February 9, 2023

Pro-European candidate wins Chisinau mayoral race

CHISINAU – The pro-European alliance candidate, Dorin Chirtoaca, has apparently won the key mayoral election in Moldova’s capital against a Communist rival, Radio Free Europe reported.

Election authorities in Chisinau said yesterday that Dorin Chirtoaca won 50.6 percent of the vote in runoff elections on June 19, while Igor Dodon scored 49.4 percent. Central Election Committee chief Igor Chokan said that although the result was unlikely to change, it would not become official until the election committee had rechecked all city district counts.

Chirtoaca has been Chisinau mayor since 2007. Dordon had defeated him in early June in a first-round vote, but neither candidate received 50 percent of the ballots required to avoid a runoff. The June 19 vote was seen as a test for the pro-European alliance that came to power in the country in November.

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