Moldova: the only presidential candidate resigns from participation in elections
The only candidate for President of Moldova, Marian Lupu said on Wednesday it was withdrawing from the fight for the highest office in the country, which - as he writes Reuters - threatens to deepen the political crisis in one of the poorest countries in Europe.
Withdrawal Lupu, who is also chairman of the parliament and the duties of the president, meaning that the choice of head of state will be delayed by the parliament. Date of vote has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 15.
Moldova has no president since the departure of communist leader Vladimir Voronin in September 2009.
Lupu said that it was withdrawing from the candidate to "open up new possibilities to choose the president and resolve the political crisis in Moldova".
December 16 Lupu, starting as the only candidate, received 58 votes in the election of deputies, as holding the power of pro-Western coalition is not in the 101-seat parliament, 61 votes necessary to choose a head of state. These elections have traditionally boycotted the Communists, who demanded early parliamentary elections.
The political paralysis slows down the reform in Moldova, whose economy relies heavily on exports of wine and transfer foreign currency from Moldovans working abroad.
The impasse does not facilitate a settlement of the conflict with separatist Transnistria, where on Sunday the second round of presidential elections. He won by former Chairman of Parliament Yevgeny Shevchuk. His rival was the current chairman of parliament, supported by Russia Anatoly Kaminski.