Maia Sandu declared the winner of Maldova Presidential elections

Pro-EU opposition candidate Maia Sandu has removed incumbent Igor Dodon to enhance Moldova’s new president.

As of 06:30 CET, Sandu had won 57.63% of the vote to Dodon’s 48.37% with more than 99.8 per cent of the ballots included, according to data published by the electoral commission.

In 2016 Sandu who lost the presidential election to Dodon by just 70,000 ballots was buoyed by massive aggregate by the 1.2 million-strong Moldovan diaspora that picked her over Dodon in the first run on November 1 and aimed out in power again on Sunday.

Moldova, a former Soviet republic of 3.5 million inhabitants sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, is the most impoverished nation in Europe, and hundreds of thousands of its citizens have moved away for work and occasions in current years.

In 2015, the country was shaken by a vast bribery scandal under which one billion dollars went from the coffers of three national banks.

Addressing on election day, Sandu said: “Today, you have the power to punish the who stole you, who reduced you to pain and forced to leave your house.”

Sandu, 48, is a former prime representative of Moldova and leader of the Action and Solidarity Party and well known for her pro-European position and aid in Brussels and European capitals. By contrast, Dodon was supported by Vladimir Putin and has led the country closer to Russia since 2016.

In the run-up to the voting, there had been attention about ballot fraud, not least in the breakaway province of Transnistria, where in early ballots thousands of residents have been deported across the border with Moldova to ballot for pro-Russian representatives.

On Sunday, veterans of the war between Moldova and Transnistria in 1992 to guarantee that vans were not bringing electors over the border. A ban on vehicles transporting more than eight people was taken in by the authorities on election day.