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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moldova Nominates President

APGhimpu raising his hand during a parliamentary vote in Chisinau on Friday.

CHISINAU, Moldova — Moldova’s Western-leaning coalition nominated Communist defector Marian Lupu as its choice for president Friday in hope of breaking months of political stalemate by attracting vital Communist support.

The four-party coalition won enough seats in the parliament to push through its candidate for speaker, Mihai Ghimpu, but it still has eight votes too few to impose a presidential candidate.

But the Communists said they would challenge the vote for speaker in court after walking out of the parliament’s first session.

Some Communists, however, will have to vote for Lupu, the leader of the Democratic Party, said Vlad Filat, the leader of another party in the coalition, the Liberal Democrats. “This is necessary for the interest of the people and the state to avoid the snap election that will come if parliament fails to elect a president,” said Filat, who was nominated as prime minister.

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Voronin attending the session with former Prime Minister Zinaida Greciani.

Moldovan state institutions have been deadlocked since April, when the Communists finished far ahead in an election but then lacked enough votes to impose a successor to outgoing President Vladimir Voronin. Failure to elect a president led to a snap election in July. If the two sides fail to reach a compromise now, a new snap vote will be called next year. Voronin, who cannot run for a third term, would nonetheless remain in his job until then.