Moldovan referendum on constitutional reform fails

Sept. 5, 2010, midnight

A constitutional referendum in Moldova failed on Sunday due to low voter turnout. Final results showed that around 30 percent of registered voters turned out for the poll, just short of the 33 percent required for the referendum to be deemed valid. The Alliance for European Integration (AEI), a coalition of four liberal parties, called the referendum, which would have introduced direct, nationwide elections of the president. The current constitution requires the president to be elected by two thirds of Parliament. This system has left Moldova without a president for the past year as neither the AEI, nor the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM), has managed to secure the necessary votes in parliament. Despite the low turnout, almost 88 percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of the reforms.

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