Torn between Europe and Russia, Moldovans vote in runoff election

Moldovan voters on Sunday cast their vote in a divided presidential runoff, marking the final round of the country’s first direct election of its president in 16 years.

Polls show pro-Moscow candidate Igor Dodon, leader of the Socialist Party, leading after failing to reach a majority in the first round of voting with 48 percent.

Dodon has campaigned on restoring ties with Russia after it enacted a trade embargo against Moldova for signing a trade association deal with the EU in 2014.

“Life in Moldova has become unbearable. Our partnership with Russia has been destroyed; we lost access to a massive market,” Dodon said in a campaign speech.

“I voted for the future of the country. I am totally convinced that Moldova has a future. It will be independent, united and sovereign,” he noted.

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