CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A caretaker government in Moldova on Friday announced its resignation in order to end a power struggle that has heightened political tensions in the impoverished ex-Soviet...
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has given his strong support to Moldova's new coalition government, which has been locked in a power struggle with a rival administration...
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's rival governments accused each other of usurping power Tuesday amid an escalating political crisis in the impoverished ex-Soviet nation.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's interim president has dissolved parliament and called for snap elections on Sept. 6 amid a months-long political crisis.
Moldova set for coalition discussions after election
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — No party secured a majority in Moldova parliamentary elections, near final results showed Monday, a development that leaves the former Soviet republic in limbo between...
Early results: No party secures majority in Moldova ballot
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Near-final results from Sunday's parliamentary elections in Moldova showed no party secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo...
AP interview: Moldova president says country needs Russia
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's president said Thursday the former Soviet republic needs good relations with Russia, amid uncertainty about the future of the European Union.
Moldova election campaign starts, some fear Russia influence
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's parliamentary election campaign began Monday amid concerns that Russia is seeking to influence the results in the former Soviet republic.
Citizens will vote on Feb. 24 ballot for the 101-seat legislature that is currently controlled by a broadly pro-European coalition.
Turkish president in Moldova for 2-day visit to boost ties
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Moldova Wednesday for a two-day visit aimed at boosting political and trade ties with the former Soviet republic.
Erdogan met President Igor Dodon for talks at the presidential building, which was reopened for the occasion. Turkey funded repairs the building required after it was ransacked in 2009 by demonstrators protesting elections they said were rigged by the then-communist government.
Turkish president in Moldova for 2-day visit to boost ties
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Moldova for a two-day visit aimed at boosting political and trade ties with the former Soviet republic.
Erdogan met President Igor Dodon for talks Wednesday at the presidential building, which was reopened for the occasion. Turkey funded repairs the building required after it was ransacked in 2009 by demonstrators protesting elections they said were rigged by the then-communist government.
Turkish president to visit Moldova after teachers expelled
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldovan authorities say Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit the former Soviet republic, weeks after Moldova expelled seven Turkish teachers in a joint operation with the Turkish intelligence service.
President Igor Dodon said Erdogan will visit on Oct. 17-18 and travel to the semi-autonomous region of Gagauzia, where there is a Russian-speaking Christian Turkic group.
Moldovan court suspends president in political standoff
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's Constitutional Court has temporarily stripped the country's pro-Moscow president of his duties for refusing to endorse new ministers in a political standoff.
Monday's ruling to suspend President Igor Dodon's powers came after he said he wouldn't approve candidates for the health and agriculture portfolios because they lacked the necessary skills.
Dodon's spokesman, Maxim Lebedinschi, accused the court of being "an instrument in the political fight."
Moldova’s president slightly injured in car crash
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan President Igor Dodon sustained minor injuries Sunday when the car he was traveling in was involved in a crash, officials said.
Presidential adviser Maxim Lebedinschi said Dodon didn't require medical treatment after the crash, which occurred near the town of Straseni, north of the capital, Chisinau.
"He is well and doesn't need medical help," Lebedinschi said.
Moldova mulls new gas contract with Romania, not Russia
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's government says it will wait for a new Romanian gas pipeline to be built rather than extend a deal with Russian energy company Gazprom.
Moldova: official asks Russia to keep out of local politics
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A top Moldovan official on Friday accused Russia of meddling in domestic politics in an election year and called on Moscow to respect the former Soviet republic.
Parliamentary speaker Andrian Candu told The Associated Press that pro-European officials fear Russian interference will escalate ahead of parliamentary elections this fall.
Moldovan court suspends president in political standoff
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's Constitutional Court has temporarily stripped the country's pro-Moscow president of his duties for his refusal to endorse new ministers in a political standoff.
President Igor Dodon rejected the court's Tuesday ruling, which said his powers should be given to the Parliament speaker or prime minister. He accused the court of being "a political tool, not a constitutional body."
Moldova president may be suspended for not naming minister
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's Constitutional Court says that the country's president can be temporarily suspended from his duties after he refused to swear in the defense minister.
The court ruled Tuesday that President Igor Dodon could be stripped of his duties for "deliberately refusing... to exercise a part of his constitutional attributes."
Dodon called the ruling "a grave violation" of the court's powers and threatened street protests.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's Constitutional Court has ruled that a referendum that planned to ask voters whether the country's pro-Russian president should have greater powers is unconstitutional.
The court ruled Thursday that President Igor Dodon, elected in 2016, was overstepping his authority by calling a referendum in the former Soviet republic of 4 million people.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan lawmakers have demanded that Russia withdraws its troops from the separatist region of Trans-Dniester, in a move that could heighten tensions between the pro-Western government and the president who favors closer relations with Moscow.
A total of 61 of lawmakers in the 101-seat legislature Friday approved a symbolic statement calling for the removal of about 1,500 Russian troops, weapons, and other military equipment from the pro-Russian Trans-Dniester region.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's government is expelling five Russian diplomats from the former Soviet republic.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign and European Integration Ministry confirmed Monday that the diplomats will be expelled. Spokeswoman Ana Samson did not identify them or explain the decision.
Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon reacted on Facebook, calling the move "a disgusting gesture against our strategic partner," Russia. He says the five have 72 hours to leave Moldova.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's prime minister is asking the president to approve the suspension of the agriculture minister, Eduard Grama, who has been detained as a suspect in a scheme to illegally expropriate state-owned vineyards and buildings.
Moldova: PM insists ex-Soviet republic wants to join EU
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's prime minister on Wednesday reacted angrily to a suggestion by the nation's president that the ex-Soviet republic may shelve a trade pact with the European Union.
President Igor Dodon, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday, denounced a pact Moldova signed with the EU in 2014. He says a new government could annul it after 2018 parliamentary elections.
Moldovan president visits Russia, hints of ending EU pact
MOSCOW (AP) — Moldova's new president, who is visiting Russia on his first trip abroad, voiced hope Tuesday for rebuilding "strategic" ties with Moscow and hinted that the ex-Soviet nation could eventually shelve a trade pact with the European Union.
President Igor Dodon, who was elected in November, has pledged to restore the trade and political relations with Moscow that cooled after Moldova signed a trade association agreement with the EU.
Moldova election: Pro-Russia politician in clear win
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A pro-Russian politician has secured a clear win in Moldova's presidential race, final results showed Monday, an election that many Moldovans hope will rekindle ties with Moscow.
In the full count, Igor Dodon won 52.2 percent of the vote. Maia Sandu, who ran on an anti-corruption ticket, had 47.8 percent. Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Dodon to visit Moscow and said he looked forward to developing bilateral relations.
Moldova: Pro-Russia presidential candidate declares victory
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A pro-Russia candidate has declared victory in Moldova's presidential election, opening up a commanding lead in the former Soviet republic with nearly all the votes tallied.
Pro-Russian candidate faces anti-graft rival in Moldova vote
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovans directly elect their president on Sunday for the first time in 20 years. Both candidates in the presidential runoff are economists in their 40s, but the similarities end there. Here's a look at them and the issues:
Moldova: pro-Russian candidate leads ahead of runoff
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Final results from the first round of Moldova's presidential election show a pro-Russian front-runner with a strong lead over a pro-European candidate before the Nov. 13 runoff.
The Central Election Commission said Wednesday that Igor Dodon won 47.98 percent of the vote to Maia Sandu's 38.71 percent in Sunday's ballot, coming top in a field of nine.
Moldovan presidential election goes to runoff
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's presidential election will go to a runoff between a pro-Russian figure and a pro-European candidate who both tapped into widespread anger about corruption.
With almost all ballots counted Monday, Igor Dodon won 48.3 percent, falling short of the majority of votes needed for outright victory in the first round. In the Nov. 13 runoff, he will face pro-European rival Maia Sandu who scored 38.4 percent.
Moldova presidential election appears headed to runoff
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's presidential election appeared to be headed toward a runoff after a pro-Russia candidate's lead slipped to just under a majority Sunday, according to near-complete results.
The margin was too close to say whether Igor Dodon would win in the first round. His victory would be a big blow to the pro-Western government, many of whose leading members have been tainted by corruption allegations.
Moldovan presidential candidate quits, boosting EU hopes
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A key candidate in Moldova's presidential election withdrew from the race Wednesday, giving a boost to a pro-European candidate in the former Soviet republic.
Marian Lupu, who is chairman of the Democratic Party, the biggest party in the pro-European governing coalition, said he was quitting the race to throw his support behind Maia Sandu, an ex-World Bank economist who vows to fight corruption.