Moldova: Maia Sandu wins vote, beating Russia-backed competitor

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    Former World Bank economist Maia Sandu is to become the first female president of Moldova after winning more than 57 percent of the vote. The pro-European candidate beat the pro-Russian incumbent Igor Dodon in a runoff, who has conceded defeat and called for calm from his supporters. Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego reports from the capital, Chisinau. –

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