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Court orders vote recount in Moldova

A court has ordered a recount in Moldova's inconclusive national election after the Communist Party complained of "massive irregularities" in the vote.

After Friday's Constitutional Court ruling, authorities said they will recount all the ballots from the Nov. 28 election in this former Soviet republic of 4.1 million people.

The Communists have alleged that some people voted more than once and that errors occurred in the counting, but international and domestic observers have called the ballot fair and free.

The Communists won 42 legislative seats, and a three-party, pro-European alliance won 59, two short of the 61 needed to elect a new president. That has left the election outcome inconclusive and led to political tensions in Moldova, one of Europe's poorest countries.