Today the second round of the presidential elections took place in #moldova. Igor Dodon, the leader of the Socialist Party, has won the presidential race. With 98 percent of the votes already registered, Dodon has 54 percent in his favor. His opponent, Maia Sandu from the Action and Solidarity Party, has approximately 45 percent of the votes. The official results will be available tomorrow morning, but this election is already over. Maia Sandu's political agenda mainly focused on bringing Moldova closer to integration with the EU. She also supported the ideas of civil liberties and a free market. She failed, however, in convincing the general population, that Moldova will have a prosperous future without #Russia. Interestingly enough, Moldova has been pro-European for the last seven years. Still, there has not been any major changes, in this small, forgotten nation. With corruption on the rise, extreme measures are quickly needed in Moldova.
What will be next for Moldova?
Igor Dodon hopes to improve Moldova's relationship with Russia, making it clear that the economy of the country will depend on it. Some Moldovans argue that he will serve as a puppet leader to Vladimir Putin. Dodon claims that even though he intends on strengthening ties with Russia, he wants to make reunification with Romania, one of his biggest priorities. That question has hung in the balance for the past 25 years, since Moldova's independence. The main focus will have to be the economy. For Moldova's economy to begin growing again, some things will have to change rapidly. First, the lifting of the 2006 import ban, followed by a better immigration policy for Moldovans, traveling to Russia, in search of cheap labor. Before the import ban, 80 percent of Moldovan fruit and wine was imported to Russia and about a half of a million Moldovans currently live and work in the Russian Federation. 25 percent of the country's GDP is dependent on migrant labor. Igor Dodon's relationship with Vladimir Putin is still seen as dangerous by many Moldovans, as there is always a constant fear of becoming the next Ukraine.
This election's lasting implications on Moldova
Nationalism has been on the rise in the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Speaking Russian in public, at times, will get you a few stares. However, people ironically realized that even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moldova still needs Russia to provide for them. During Soviet rule, this small nation was prosperous and full of opportunity. Today there is nothing left, but reminders of that once prosperous past. Contemporary Moldova is built on hope and numerous broken promises. Hope will not feed or provide for this forgotten nation. This election can turn into another four years of nothing or provide real change for people that are tired and frustrated of the same rhetoric, that is filled with lies and corruption. The next couple of years can make or break this small, fragile nation. #Presidentil Elections