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Early results: No party secures majority in Moldova ballot

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A man holds a European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Near-final results from Sunday's parliamentary elections in Moldova showed no party secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo between pro-Western and pro-Russia forces.

With 97 percent of the votes counted early Monday, the broadly pro-Russia opposition Socialists had 31.5 percent, while the pro-European group ACUM had 25.9 percent. The incumbent Democratic Party was trailing in third place with 24.1 percent.

The election comes as the Democratic Party's governing alliance has lost support over rampant corruption, falling living standards and the erosion of democracy in Moldova, a small landlocked nation between Romania and Ukraine.

President Igor Dodon forecast another election in the coming months. "We have a major risk of early elections," he said after casting his ballot.

An inconclusive outcome could lead to instability, and Dodon and pro-Europe leader Maia Sandu have warned of demonstrations if elections are found to be marred by fraud.

If lawmakers fail to form a governing coalition within 45 days of the election result, the president will dissolve the legislature and call a new vote.

More than 3 million voters were eligible to choose representatives for the next four years to the 101-seat legislature. Parties needed to win a minimum of 6 percent of the ballots to enter Parliament.

Election authorities said voter turnout was just over 49 percent when polls closed.

ACUM party leader Maia Sandu told The Associated Press that the election was "the most undemocratic in the history of Moldova."

"A gang of thieves ... has captured the state institutions" and are "scaring ... threatening and impoverishing us," Sandu said Sunday as she urged Moldovans to vote.

One voter, Svetlana Druta, said she had voted to change the judicial system.

"We need to start from the top and then (change) elementary schools and kindergartens, and then we need a good health" system, she said.

Last year, the European Parliament called Moldova "a state captured by oligarchic interests." The European Union also froze aid to Moldova after a local court invalidated the 2018 Chisinau mayoral election on a technicality, a move to thwart the apparent victory of a pro-Europe candidate.

But Vladimir Plahotniuc, the Democratic Party chief and the country's de facto leader, insisted Sunday that the ruling party had brought "order and discipline" through its economic policies.

Despite that claim, an estimated 1 million Moldovans have moved abroad to find jobs, mainly in the EU and Russia.

Moldova's voting system has been changed in what critics say is a ploy to help the two main parties — the Socialists and the Democrats — carve up influence.

About 340 international observers from 38 countries monitored the ballot.

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Associated Press writers Alison Mutler in Bucharest, Romania, and Corneliu Rusnac in Chisinau, Moldova, contributed to this report.

A woman casts her vote in a mobile ballot box in the village of Stolniceni, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man prepares to cast his vote in a mobile ballot box in the village of Stolniceni, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Seen through the mesh covering an electoral advertising point of the Socialits' Party, people walk in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. Moldova's President Igor Dodon expressed, in an interview with the Associated Press, concern of
A man holds an European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova's Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova's Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The slippers of 34 year-old Adela, a citizen of Moldova working in Sweden, are powdered with snow after her mother placed them on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Women pick up leaflets advertising the Socialits' Party, in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A youngster carries a billboard advertising the Socialits' Party, which reads
A man carrying a billboard of the Socialits' Party, which reads
A poster depicting, from left, Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads
A child walks by a poster depicting, from left, Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads
Maia Sandu, leader of the ACUM opposition alliance, exits a voting cabin in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon speaks to the media after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A child peers from behind a voting stand in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly woman casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman holds a child as she casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly woman exits a voting cabin in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman holds a child as she casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon speaks to the media after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, leaves after giving a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles before casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, right, watches Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip speak during a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, attends a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly woman with cloth wrapped around her shoes to prevent her from slipping on ice walks after casting her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, gives a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, gives a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, gives a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, gives a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman casts her vote in a mobile ballot box in the village of Stolniceni, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman casts her vote in a mobile ballot box in the village of Stolniceni, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Women pick up leaflets advertising the Socialits' Party, in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Women pick up leaflets advertising the Socialits' Party, in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon speaks to the media after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon speaks to the media after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, attends a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, attends a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova's Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova's Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles before casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles before casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, gives a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, gives a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, leaves after giving a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, leaves after giving a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man holds an European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man holds an European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova's Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova's Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A youngster carries a billboard advertising the Socialits' Party, which reads
A youngster carries a billboard advertising the Socialits' Party, which reads "I will vote for the Socialists" as people walk by in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A child peers from behind a voting stand in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A child peers from behind a voting stand in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A child walks by a poster depicting, from left, Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads
A child walks by a poster depicting, from left, Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads "Don't Vote for the Oligarchs" in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon speaks to the media after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon speaks to the media after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Seen through the mesh covering an electoral advertising point of the Socialits' Party, people walk in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. Moldova's President Igor Dodon expressed, in an interview with the Associated Press, concern of
Seen through the mesh covering an electoral advertising point of the Socialits' Party, people walk in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. Moldova's President Igor Dodon expressed, in an interview with the Associated Press, concern of "massive protests" in case of suspicions of fraud in the upcoming parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly woman with cloth wrapped around her shoes to prevent her from slipping on ice walks after casting her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
An elderly woman with cloth wrapped around her shoes to prevent her from slipping on ice walks after casting her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Moldova's President Igor Dodon smiles after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man prepares to cast his vote in a mobile ballot box in the village of Stolniceni, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man prepares to cast his vote in a mobile ballot box in the village of Stolniceni, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man holds a European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man holds a European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A poster depicting, from left, Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads
A poster depicting, from left, Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads "Don't Vote for the Oligarchs" is placed on a light pole in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Maia Sandu, leader of the ACUM opposition alliance, exits a voting cabin in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
Maia Sandu, leader of the ACUM opposition alliance, exits a voting cabin in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
A woman holds a child as she casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman holds a child as she casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly woman casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly woman casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly woman exits a voting cabin in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly woman exits a voting cabin in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man carrying a billboard of the Socialits' Party, which reads
A man carrying a billboard of the Socialits' Party, which reads "I will vote for the Socialists", speaks to a woman in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. More than three million Moldovans will vote in a parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine choosing representatives for the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The slippers of 34 year-old Adela, a citizen of Moldova working in Sweden, are powdered with snow after her mother placed them on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The slippers of 34 year-old Adela, a citizen of Moldova working in Sweden, are powdered with snow after her mother placed them on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Moldovans who have relatives working abroad staged a protest by blaming the corruption and poor economic situation in the country for the massive numbers of people leaving the country in search of a better life. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, right, watches Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip speak during a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party, right, watches Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip speak during a press statement in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a three-way parliamentary election, between the broadly pro-Russia socialists, the Democrats, and a pro-European group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman holds a child as she casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman holds a child as she casts her vote in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Moldovans voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deepen the split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in the former Soviet republic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)