Nicolae Timofti finally elected Moldova President

11:48, 19 March 2012
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The opposition Communists...

An independent judge, Nicolae Timofti, has been elected president of Moldova in a parliamentary vote, ending nearly three years of political stalemate, according to BBC.

The opposition Communists, who reject the government`s goal of integration with the EU, boycotted the vote.

Mr Timofti, 63, heads Moldova`s supreme council of magistrates.

The struggling former Soviet republic has had no full-time president since Vladimir Voronin, a Communist, resigned in September 2009.

Mr Timofti secured 62 votes in the 101-seat parliament - one more than the minimum needed.

"Moldova needs a national idea which is supported by the majority of the population and which can unite Moldova`s divided society. This idea should be European integration," he said.

"But I will not take part in politics and I want to be a president for all citizens to unite society."

Before Friday`s election Moldova had had three acting presidents.

Russian-speaking separatists controlling the breakaway Trans-Dniester region do not recognise the Moldovan government in Chisinau.

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