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Moldova announces final election results

BUCHAREST, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The final results announced Friday by Moldova's electoral body confirmed the previous preliminary results, according to which the Socialists Party led the elections, but three right-wing parties have gained majority needed for renewing their coalition government.

Five contenders passed the election threshold of 6 percent, said the Central Election Commission (CEC), specifying that the Socialists Party picked up the largest number of votes at 20.51 percent of the poll, the Liberal Democratic Party got 20.16 percent of the ballot, the Communists Party 17.48 percent, the Democratic Party 15.80 percent, while the Liberal Party got 9.67 percent.

After dividing the number of votes polled by the five parties that passed the election threshold and redistributing the remaining seats, the Socialists were allotted 25 seats in the future parliament, the Liberal Democrats 23 seats, the Communists 21 seats, the Democrat 19 seats, while the Liberal 13 seats.

The CEC will submit the final results to the Constitutional Court which is to validate or invalidate the elections within 10 days.

If the elections are validated, the newly elected Parliament will hold the constitution sitting within 30 days of the elections, when the president of Moldovan convenes it.

Moldova held parliamentary elections on Sunday as 20 political parties and blocs as well as four independents contended 101 parliamentary seats.

The "dark horse" in the elections is undoubtedly the Socialists Party, which, in spite of the under-threshold score of 5.3 percent in the latest polls before the elections, won the most parliamentary seats.

Yet, the three pro-European parties have won 55 seats in the 101-deputy parliament, which will allow the formation of a new coalition government. However, the appointment of a new president needs 61 votes in the future parliament.

The new configuration of the parliament indicated an uncertain political situation in the country since neither the three parties that decided to form the ruling coalition, nor do the left-wing Socialists and Communists have enough seats to ensure that their presidential candidate is elected.

Under the constitution, the parliament elects the head of state and if no candidate gets the required votes in two rounds of vote, the parliament will be dissolved.

The Socialists' leader Igor Dodon stressed soon after the elections that he will not make partnership with pro-European parties, while the Communists' leader, former president Vladimir Voronin, said his party is preparing for snap elections.

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