Post-election Moldova: Pro-EU absolute majority, pro-Russian opposition.

Moldova, Varnita: Moldovan activists note registration plates of vehicles entering Moldova from the Russia-backed and unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic during the early parliamentary elections on July 11, 2021. Photo © Pierre Crom

“It is true that the European agenda will be stronger than ever. The electoral success of the PAS will result in a pro-EU majority in parliament and a strong government anchored in the European vector …”

In full harmony with the most optimistic polls, the Action and Solidarity Party’s team (PAS) won the snap parliamentary elections. This success was largely based on the image of President Maia Sandu, who promoted participation in the vote, against political corruption, throughout the election campaign, including election day. The score accumulated by the PAS represents another electoral victory for Maia Sandu, who demonstrates maximum political efficiency in achieving political objectives, methodically, one by one.

The turnout was below 50%. About 1.4 million people went to the polls or nearly 100,000 fewer than in the 2020 presidential election. The diaspora’s vote was also about 40–50 thousand votes lower than the second-round record of last year’s presidential election when more than 260,000 Moldovans voted abroad. President Sandu tried very subtly to get votes in favor of her party. The individual political-electoral activity of PAS should not be ignored at all, because the party collected the most donations compared to other competitors and actively communicated with the population all over the country. The joint efforts of PAS and its spiritual leader Maia Sandu allowed them to get about 300,000 more votes in 2021 than in the first round of the 2020 presidential election when about 488,000 votes were cast for Sandu.

Lastly, the PAS massively outperformed all parties on the right and left of the political landscape by receiving almost 772,000 votes. This allows it obtaining an absolute majority of 63 seats in the new parliament (but below the constitutional majority: 67 seats). The main electoral rivals of the PAS, the Communists and Socialists Bloc, attracted almost 400,000 votes and obtained fewer than 35 seats, allowing them to become the main opposition force. Another party that also entered Parliament is Ilan Șhor’s Party, which despite the negative image of the fugitive oligarch, managed to gather more than 84,000 votes and remain in parliament with up to 6 seats.

Moldova, Chisinau: President of Moldova Maia Sandu casts her ballot during the early parliamentary elections on July 11, 2021. Photo © Pierre Crom
Moldova, Chisinau: Supporters of the Bloc of Communists and Socialists gather outside the Supreme Court of Justice. Photo © Pierre Crom
Moldova; Chisinau: Children play football in a residential area. Photo © Pierre Crom



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