Communists lead in Moldova's parliamentary election (Update 2)

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Moldova's Communist Party is leading in Sunday's early parliamentary elections after 91.1% of the votes have been counted, the head of the Moldavian Central Election Commission said on Monday.

Moldova's Communist Party is leading in Sunday's early parliamentary elections after 91.1% of the votes have been counted, the head of the Moldavian Central Election Commission said on Monday.

The Communists are ahead with 41.2%, the Liberal Democrats have 28%, the Democrats 13.2% and the Liberals 8.8%.

Moldovan acting president Mihai Ghimpu announced the dissolution of parliament on September 28. The move was in line with the Constitutional Court's September 21 ruling, which said that a failure to elect a president in two subsequent elections provided sufficient grounds for the dissolution of parliament.

Under the current law, the head of state is elected by parliament, but in its present makeup none of the candidates can garner the required number of votes.

The impoverished former Soviet republic has been divided between the Communists, who had dominated the political scene for most of the decade, and the ruling coalition of four parties who seek closer ties with the European Union.

The political crisis in Moldova, which has been without a full-fledged president for more than a year and a half, 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, November 29 (RIA Novosti)

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