- Title: Pro-European candidate votes in Moldova's presidential election
- Date: 13th November 2016
- Summary: CHISINAU, MOLDOVA (NOVEMBER 13, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** ENTRANCE TO POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF PRO-EUROPEAN CANDIDATE, MAIA SANDU, ENTERING POLLING STATION WOMAN CASTING VOTE, SANDU APPROACHING BALLOT BOX MOLDOVAN EMBLEM ON BALLOT BOX SANDU CASTING VOTE, POSING FOR CAMERAS SANDU EXITS STATION SANDU APPROACHING MEDIA IN FRONT OF POLLING STATION (SOUNDBITE) (Moldovan) PRO-EUROPEAN CANDIDATE, MAIA SANDU, SAYING: "I rely on vigilance of all the people who are voting, on vigilance of the observers. If the election is carried out correctly, we will win." SANDU TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Moldovan) PRO-EUROPEAN CANDIDATE, MAIA SANDU, SAYING: "The first thing we should do is to restore people's trust in the Republic of Moldova. For this purpose I will appoint incorruptible, honest people, good professionals for the posts which the president of Moldova is responsible for. This will be the first signal that things change for the better in the Republic of Moldova." MEDIA SANDU WALKING IN STREET HOLDING YELLOW FLOWERS SANDU LEAVING
- Embargoed: 28th November 2016 12:28
- Keywords: Sandu pro-European candidate Moldova presidential election
- Location: CHISINAU, MOLDOVA
- City: CHISINAU, MOLDOVA
- Country: Moldova
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00158A1GLJ
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- Story Text: Pro-European candidate Maia Sandu cast her vote on Sunday (November 13) in an election that could install a pro-Russian candidate as president and slam the brakes on seven years of closer integration with the European Union.
Sandu, a former World Bank economist, came out of the polling station holding a bunch of yellow flowers. She said she was confident of people's support and aimed to tackle corruption in the first place.
"I will appoint incorruptible, honest people, good professionals for the posts which the president of Moldova is responsible for," she told the media.
The scandal in Moldova involved the looting of $1 billion - the equivalent of an eighth of its economic output and highlighting the scale of corruption in Europe's poorest nation.
Former prime minister Vlad Filat - one of five prime ministers in three years - was implicated, handcuffed live on TV in parliament and later jailed.
Sandu's opponent, socialist Igor Dodon, has led the polls and narrowly failed to win an outright majority in the first round of voting at the end of October.
Dodon's status as favourite is in part a reflection of a loss of trust in pro-European leaders in the ex-Soviet state of 3.5 million, which was plunged into turmoil after a corruption scandal came to light in late 2014.
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