** Moldova election: Pro-EU parties edge pro-Russian rivals ** - BBC
Partial results from Moldova’s parliamentary elections show that pro-EU parties have a narrow lead over those backing closer ties with Russia.
With 80% of the votes counted, the three pro-Western parties have about 44%. The opposition has 40%.
No party appears to be able to form a government, and tough post-election bargaining is predicted.
On the eve of the vote, one pro-Russian party was banned from Sunday’s poll - a move criticised by Russia.
The elections have taken on a wider significance in the shadow of the bloody crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.
About 2.7 million people are eligible to cast their ballots, electing a single-chamber 101-seat parliament by a system of proportional representation. The turnout was just under 56%.
However, residents of the Russian-backed breakaway region of Trans-Dniester are not taking part in the election.
The people voted, I’m sure they are aware of the situation.