RIGA - The Latvian Foreign Ministry has praised both rounds of Moldova's presidential election, held on November 1 and 15, as professionally organized, LETA was told at the ministry.
The Foreign Ministry also agrees with the position of the OSCE/ODIHR that the election was organized professionally despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fundamental freedoms and political competitiveness were generally observed and respected, the ministry concludes.
In the context of holding presidential elections, Latvia attaches great importance to respect for democratic principles and the will of the Moldovan people. The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on Moldova to continue cooperation with the OSCE/ODIHR to improve the electoral process.
Representatives from the Embassy of Latvia in Moldova took part in the observation of the elections.
Pro-European opposition candidate Maia Sandu, 48, won Moldova's presidential election last Sunday with 57 percent of the vote. Moldova's incumbent pro-Russia President Igor Dodon lost with 43 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results.