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Protesters call for early parliamentary elections in Moldova

Thousands of people took to the streets in Moldova on Sunday to call for early parliamentary elections, following a call by president-elect Maia Sandu.

Moscow, 6 December 2020 (dpa/MIA) — Thousands of people took to the streets in Moldova on Sunday to call for early parliamentary elections, following a call by president-elect Maia Sandu.

“Get rid of the thieves! Get rid of the corruption!” shouted the protesters in the capital Chisinau, many of whom were supporters of different opposition parties, according to local media reports.

Russian media reported anti-Russian slogans were being chanted at the rally.

Maia Sandu became the first woman to be elected president in Moldova on Nov. 15 with 57.7 percent of the vote.

At the rally, she called for early legislative elections, in the hope for a pro-Western majority in parliament.

She said what she called a “coalition of thieves and bandits” had to end, pointing at parliament, which is controlled by supporters of the pro-Russian outgoing President Igor Dodon, who has to leave office by Dec. 23.

The 48-year-old president-elect also called for the government to step down.

Sandu, an economist who studied in the United States, pledged to end corruption and introduce justice and rule-of-law reforms in the country, which has been battered by poverty and political scandals.

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