TIRASPOL - The president of Moldova's breakaway territory of Transdniestria called on Monday for a weekend election in which he sought a fifth straight term in power to be scrapped because of "numerous violations" in voting
The announcement from the camp of Igor Smirnov, 70, who ran against the wishes of the territory's backer Russia, came after competing candidates claimed victory in Sunday's election despite an exit poll which gave him a comfortable lead.
"A representative of Igor Smirnov has asked the Commission to recognise the election as invalid due to numerous violations," Central Election Commission chairman Pyotr Denisenko told reporters.
Earlier, election authorities had declared a two-day delay in announcing the results of the poll.
Russia supplies the territory with free gas and has 1,500 troops there.a
supplies the territory with free gas and has 1,500 troops there.
The Kyiv Post is disabling its online comment section due to an increase in trolls, violent comments and other personal attacks. Other news organizations worldwide have taken similar steps for the same reasons. The Kyiv Post regrets having to take this action. The newspaper believes in a robust public debate, but the discussion must be constructive and intelligent. For the time being, the Kyiv Post will allow comments on its moderated Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/kyivpost/
The newspaper will consider hosting online comments again when circumstances allow.
Thank you from the Kyiv Post.