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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moldova Approves Government

KISHINYOV, Moldova -- Moldova's new legislature Tuesday approved a new government, proposed by Premier Andrei Sangheli, which is likely to press for closer ties with Russia.

Appointment of the cabinet, following parliamentary elections in February, should ease nationalist pressure on President Mircea Snegur.

The cabinet was approved by 81 votes -- eight votes against and one abstention.

"This government will be pro-Russian, anti-reformist and communist," said Alla Mandacanu, of the nationalist Congress of Intellectuals.

Presenting the government list in parliament, the premier said the state bureaucracy was being cut by up to 50 percent.

All four deputy premiers in the cabinet, approved by a large majority, are former Communist Party functionaries.

Four of five key economic ministries, including those of economics, industry, agriculture and privatization, are now headed by former communist officials.