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    Same poll results in Moldova

    Reuters
    22.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    CHISINAU - Moldova's ruling Communist party was again declared the winner yesterday in the ex-Soviet state's disputed general election in a recount ordered after violent protests against the initial result.

    Iurie Ciocan, Secretary of the Central Election Commission, said the results differed little from the original figures issued after the April 5 election giving the Communists just short of 50 percent of the vote. "The difference between the recount and original count is not significant," Ciocan told reporters after a Commission meeting.

    He read out figures showing the Communists far ahead with more than 760,000 votes of 1.556 million cast. He gave no percentage figures, but said the relative standings of the parties would be unchanged.

    The recount must still be confirmed by the Constitutional Court, which ordered the recount at the request of Communist President Vladimir Voronin. He has been in power since 2001 and cannot stand for a third term, but says he wants to retain a decision-making role. He called for the recount after protesters denouncing the vote as rigged ransacked the president's offices and parliament.

    Voronin accused opposition parties of trying to stage a coup in the country.
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