A top Moldovan court on Friday ordered a recount in a November parliamentary election after the Communists, who lost the vote to a pro-West coalition of parties, complained of irregularities.
After the Constitutional Court ruling, authorities said they would recount all the ballots from the Nov. 28 election in the tiny ex-Soviet republic.
The Communists won 42 seats in the election while three parties from the ruling pro-Western Alliance for European Integration took a combined 59.
This outcome was inconclusive in that neither side has the necessary 61 parliamentary votes to decide on a full-time president and break a year-long stalemate.
Constitutional Court chairman Dumitru Pulbere told journalists that the Communists' arguments had been enough to justify a recount.
The Communists complained of ballot fraud immediately after results were announced on Nov. 29. A monitoring team from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, however, cleared the election as free and fair.
According to the law, a recount must take place within 10 days of the Constitutional Court making its ruling.
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