Presidential vote delayed

Parliament will not vote to elect the country’s president on October 23, the date announced initially, as only one candidate had registered with the election authority before the deadline expired Saturday night, 24:00.

A ruling by the Constitutional Court says the election of the president shall be held with at least two candidates standing, Central Election Commission chairman Ion Plesca has explained.

“A report will be presented to Parliament and the legislature shall announce a new date for the election”, said Plesca, adding that the Constitutional Court will be solicited to advise.

The Communists Party, which is in opposition to the ruling Alliance for European Integration (AEI) in Parliament, said earlier it would not field any challenger to Marian Lupu, the AEI’s choice, and so far the only candidate, for the post of president.

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