Moldovans voted in local elections Sunday which are seen as a test of whether the country is committed to European integration or will move closer to Russia’s orbit. The elections in the former Soviet republic come two days after pro-European Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici resigned amid questions about the authenticity of his high school diploma and university degree.
In the mayoral race in the capital, Chisinau, early results with about a fifth of the votes counted showed Zinaida Greceanai, the candidate of the pro-Russian Socialists, leading with 41 percent while Dorin Chirtoaca, the pro-European mayor since 2007, had 34 percent.
Turnout was just under 49 percent, less than the number of people who voted in the 2011 local elections. Early returns were announced late Sunday, with near-final results expected Monday.