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This is the parliament of Moldova, situated in the main street of the capital, Chișinău.

Moldova became independent in 1991 as the Soviet Union was dissolved. Since then its development has not been very fortunate. Soon after independence there was a civil war and the Russian speaking Transnistrian region declared itself independent. A few years after independence the Communist party regained power and ruled until 2010. Now the country has had three general elections in two years, all resulting in weak governments and a parliament lacking a majority strong enough to elect a president.

Although in recent years there has been a steady economic growth Moldova remains by far the poorest nation in Europe. Its GDP and Human development index puts it on a par with several countries in Africa. According to the Transparency International watch-dog, a weak government and weak state institutions also make it one of the most corrupt countries in Europe.

For a number of years there has been a steady stream of people leaving Moldova to seek a better future abroad. A substantial part of the country's GDP consists of remittances from citizens in other countries.

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