The recent elections in Moldova have gained prime space in the Portuguese press. Due to the fact that the ex-Communists have won an absolute majority in the parliamentary elections, a certain degree of surprise was expressed. With 70 out of 101 Members of Parliament elected, there is little room for doubt: the local population was tired of years of invention, as well-meaning as it was, and decided that a planned, organised approach was the best guarantee for their future. One should remember the Romanian Presidential elections, in which ex-Communist Ion Iliescu defeated Nationalist Vadim Tudor and one could also place this Moldovan election in the context of other ex-Soviet Republics, monitoring the progress of the former Communist parties, to reaffirm that people naturally gravitate towards that which they feel is best for them.
TIMOTHY BANCROFT-HINCHEY PRAVDA.RU LISBON