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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moldova Defense Row

CHISINAU, Moldova () -- Moldovan President Mircea Snegur, seeking to avert a mutiny in the armed forces, has agreed to freeze a decision to sack his defense minister until the constitutional court rules on its validity.

A spokesman for General Pavel Creanga, the minister sacked on corruption charges, said Creanga had agreed to the president's interim compromise.

Snegur told a news conference Saturday he would abide by the will of parliament and suspend a decree dismissing Creanga. The minister had refused to step down, saying the decree was illegal.

The appointment of General Tudor Dabija as acting defense minister sparked a crisis of loyalty in army ranks and triggered fears of unrest in Moldova.