Pro-Russian candidate wins election in Gagauz

Germany noticed the Russian intervention into Moldova affairs and warned Moscow about the inadmissibility of further destabilization in Europe.

Independent candidate Irina Vlakh won in the first round of the elections of Bashkan – chief executive of Gagauz in Moldova. According to preliminary data, she gained 51.01% of votes. The main competitor of the winner, Mayor of the Gagauz capital, Nikolai Dudoglo, scored 19.05% of the vote.

In her program, Irina Vlakh advocated the Eurasian vector for Gagauz. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has already congratulated her on her victory. Before the elections, Irina Vlakh visited the Russian State Duma and the Russian delegates visited the Gagauz capital to participate in its election campaign. Pro-European government of Moldova considers it a gross interference in the internal affairs of the country and fears increasing separatist sentiment.

“It is clearly a Russian intervention, and we can only warn Moscow not to continue destabilizing course in Europe after the Ukrainian events,” said in his commentary to the Deutsche Welle Head of the German Committee on the Affairs of the European Union in the Bundestag Gunther Krichbaum.

There is a Turkic population (about 160 thousands) In Gagauz, which mainly adheres to the Orthodox faith. A year ago, there was held a referendum in which 98% of the votes were cast in favor of joining the Customs Union.

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