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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Defense Boss Reinstated

CHISINAU, Moldova () -- Moldova's President Mircea Snegur has obeyed a Constitutional Court ruling against him and reinstated Defense Minister Pavel Creanga but with reduced powers, a presidential aide said.

Wednesday's decision marked a new twist in a crisis over control of the army in the former Soviet republic, where a stand-off between Snegur and the parliament and government has lasted more than three weeks.

Snegur sacked Creanga on March 15. He accused Creanga, who denied the allegations, of embezzling army property and budget money. The Constitutional Court ruled that Snegur acted illegally.