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Moldova's acting president dismisses parliament, calls snap elections

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Moldovan acting president Mihai Ghimpu announced the dissolution of parliament on Tuesday and said that early parliamentary elections would take place on November 28.

Moldovan acting president Mihai Ghimpu announced the dissolution of parliament on Tuesday and said that early parliamentary elections would take place on November 28.

Ghimpu, who read his decree during a news conference, said he "regretted" the dissolution, as "people who wanted changes vested the lawmakers with a four-year mandate."

The move is in line with the last week's Constitutional Court ruling, which said that a failure to elect a president in two subsequent elections provided sufficient grounds for the dissolution of parliament.

The parliament in its present makeup does not give any of the political forces the solid majority required to elect a president.

The political crisis in Moldova, which has been without a full-fledged president for 18 months, deepened after the September 5 referendum on whether the head of the state should be elected by a direct popular vote. It was declared invalid due to a low turnout.

CHISINAU, September 28 (RIA Novosti)

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