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)