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    Moldova's new parliamentary speaker, Marian Lupu, was appointed acting president of the former Soviet republic on Thursday.

    Moldova's new parliamentary speaker, Marian Lupu, was appointed acting president of the former Soviet republic on Thursday.

    Parliament adopted a decree granting Lupu temporary presidential powers shortly after he was voted parliamentary speaker.

    He said he would sign a decree on Friday appointing Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Filat as the country's prime minister.

    Lupu, the leader of the Democratic Party, was nominated as a consensus candidate for parliamentary speaker by the Democratic Party and Liberal Party factions.

    Lupu said earlier in the day a center-right coalition comprised of the Democratic Party and the Liberal Democratic Party would be formed.

    Marian Lupu, 44, is also expected to run for the presidency. However, the center-right coalition, which has a total of 59 votes, lacks the two extra votes necessary to elect a president.

    A parliamentary majority of 61 votes is needed to elect the country's president and end the stalemate that has left the impoverished ex-Soviet republic without a full-time president since mid-2009.

    MOSCOW, December 30 (RIA Novosti)

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