Pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon on Monday emerged as winner of Moldova's presidential runoff, viewed as an East-West choice in the impoverished ex-Soviet country.
With 99.9 percent of ballots counted, Socialist Party chief Dodon had 52.3 percent of the votes, according to the electoral commission, with pro-European rival Maia Sandu on 47.7 percent.
"We have won, everyone knows it," Dodon told a press conference overnight.
The full results are expected to be announced later this week.
The vote marks the first time in 20 years that Moldova – wracked by corruption scandals in recent years – is electing its leader by national vote instead of having parliament select the head of sta