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Moldova expressed hope the election of Yevgeny Shevchuk could help resolve its separatist problem, one of the "frozen conflicts" still in place since the last days of the former Soviet Union.

Ex-parliament speaker Shevchuk received 73.88 percent of votes in Sunday’s runoff vote, according to figures from the Central Election Commission. The Russian-backed current speaker, Anatoly Kaminsky, won just 19.67 percent.

Transdniestria, a small sliver of land mainly populated by Russian speakers, has ruled itself since breaking away from majority Romanian-speaking Moldova in a brief war in 1992.

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