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Coronavirus: EU sends personal protective equipment to Moldova

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Following Moldova's request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, Romania has offered various items of personal protective equipment to assist the country in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The shipment consists of 1,500,000 surgical masks, 100,000 FFP3 masks, 100,000 protective suits and 100,000 gloves. Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “The pandemic knows no borders. This is why the European Union and the member states are committed to help their neighbours in the fight against the pandemic. I am grateful to Romania for their solidarity with Moldova and sending much needed protective equipment.” This comes in addition to earlier deliveries of personal protective equipment and ventilators from Czechia earlier this month and personal protective equipment and disinfectant from Austria and Poland in 2020. The EU co-ordinates and co-finances the transport costs of these deliveries via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 30 countries have received assistance in the form of medical or personal protective equipment, through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. 

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Chisinau unrest: Thousands against Dodon's trying to reduce newly elected President Maia Sandu powers

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Thousands protested in front of the parliament building in Chisinau over the course of last week. More than 5,000 people demonstrated in Chisinau on Thursday (3 December) to protest a bill to limit presidential power in Moldova, writes Christian Gherasim.

Protesters had signs with: 'We want free media'.

"Dodon's regime follows in the footsteps of Plahotniuc. They are trying to steal our voting results, they are trying to abusively cancel the popular vote on 15 November," Maia Sandu declared in a press briefing.

Maia Sandu said that the bill is "an undemocratic abuse of the person who lost the election and the trust of the people" and accuses Igor Dodon of "planning to control corruption schemes and state institutions".

Also the bill wants to place Moldovan secret service under Parliament influence.

"We are here today to defend our democracy, to defend our right to a country without corruption, without poverty, a country where justice is done to us. At the same time, we must take care of our health, that is why you "For almost ten months, Dodon and his government have turned everything upside down, and it's because of them that we have to take to the streets again in a pandemic to defend our rights. People are dying in hospitals because they don't have medicines, people have nothing to eat and the majority of PSRM-Şor is concerned with reducing the president's duties!" Sandu was quoted as saying by Radio Chisinau.

Maia Sandu is perceived as the pro-EU candidate who won against Putin's pick Igor Dodon, incumbent president. Sandu won the presidential election last month and, 48, has three degrees in economics and public administration, one from Harvard. Between 2010 and 2012, she was an advisor to one of the World Bank's executive directors. However, she chose to leave Washington, where she earned $ 10,000 a month and returned to Moldova.

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Maia Sandu wins presidential election in Moldova

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After processing more than 99% of the data, Maia Sandu (pictured) obtained more than 57% of the votes in Moldova. In the diaspora, the candidate of the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) received over 92% of the vote, writes Cristian Gherasim.

The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova confirmed that in several polling stations abroad, including Frankfurt and London, the ballots were exhausted before their official closure. In many European cities, very long queues have formed in front of polling stations.

The first ballot, which took place on 1 November, was won by Maia Sandu with 36.16% of the vote. President Igor Dodon had obtained 32.61%.

Maia Sandu is perceived as the pro-EU candidate who won against Putin's pick Igor Dodon, incumbent president.

The diaspora voted for keeping the pro EU candidate with the 1st chance of winning the presidency after losing in 2016. This represents a major swift in the region, the Republic of Moldova being sandwiched between east and west.

Sandu, 48, has three degrees in economics and public administration, one from Harvard. Between 2010 and 2012, she was an advisor to one of the World Bank's executive directors. However, she chose to leave Washington, where she earned $ 10,000 a month and returned to Moldova.

Involved in politics across the Prut since 2012, Sandu relied on an anti-corruption platform in the election campaign, promising to lift the country out of poverty, hold the authorities accountable and strengthen ties with the European Union.

Sandu also ran in the 2016 presidential election, but was defeated in the second round by pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon, who won 52.11% of the vote.

On 8 June 2019, she was appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, but on the same day the Constitutional Court invalidated her appointment as unconstitutional, triggering a political crisis across the Prut. Her government was dismissed by motion of censure on 12 November 2019.

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Moldova election: Pro-EU candidate Maia Sandu wins presidency

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Opposition candidate Maia Sandu has won Moldova's presidential election after a run-off vote against the incumbent Igor Dodon, preliminary results show. With almost all the ballots counted, Sandu has won 57.7% of the vote compared to Dodon's 42.2%. Sandu, 48, is a former World Bank economist who favours closer ties with the European Union. Dodon, meanwhile, is openly backed by Russia. Final results are expected to be announced within five days.

As of Sunday evening (15 November), more than 1.6 million people - almost 53% of the population with the right to vote - were confirmed to have taken part in the run-off ballot, data on the Central Election Commission website (in Romanian and Russian) shows. Voters had been able to cast their ballots in more than 2,000 polling stations, including those available for Moldovans living abroad, the central election commission said.

After casting her vote in the capital, Chisinau, on Sunday, Sandu called for "maximum vigilance" against possible fraud. She has pledged to fight corruption in the former Soviet republic. Meanwhile, Dodon said he had voted "for friendship with the European Union, and the Russian Federation, and Romania, and Ukraine - for balanced foreign policy".

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