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Post-electoral Moldova in the search for legitimacy
Post-electoral Moldova in the search for legitimacy

Author(s): Igor Munteanu
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Nomos Verlag
Keywords: Moldova; Communist Party; election results; ‘orange’ revolution; young people; election fraud; coup d’état; EU enlargement; Russian sphere of influence

Summary/Abstract: This article focuses on events in Moldova following the April elections and the reaction and street protests which followed the declaration. It examines in detail the events of the following days and sets this into the context of a critical analysis of the actions of all the parties involved, not least of them the authorities, led by the ruling Communist Party. The author also considers some of the political background to the elections from the perspective of examining why the protests at the election results came about and provides an initial assessment of the immediate political circumstances of Moldova, ahead of the July presidential elections which took place after this article was written. The article concludes with the author’s views of the implications of the events for the future of the country, not least given the geopolitical realities and the country’s own continuing search for a legitimacy for itself. With a polarised society, this will not be easy but the EU must display greater commitment to Moldova’s democracy.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 7-19
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English