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Moldovans choose between Europe and Russia in local elections, 2 days after PM resigned

FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, people walk by posters advertising the Party of Communists of Moldova, in Chisinau, Moldova. Moldovans are voting in local elections Sunday, June 14, 2015, which are seen as a test of whether the country is committed to European integration or will move closer to Russia's orbit. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, people walk by posters advertising the Party of Communists of Moldova, in Chisinau, Moldova. Moldovans are voting in local elections Sunday, June 14, 2015, which are seen as a test of whether the country is committed to European integration or will move closer to Russia's orbit. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

Moldovans are voting in local elections which are seen as a test of whether the country is committed to European integration or will move closer to Russia's orbit.

Sunday's elections come two days after pro-European Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici resigned after he was questioned about the authenticity of his high school diplomas and university degree.

Gaburici, a businessman who headed a minority government, had criticized a probe into the disappearance of $1.5 billion from three Moldovan banks before November elections.

Analysts say anger over missing money may be reflected in local elections, giving a boost to pro-Moscow parties against pro-European parties.

Some 2.8 million eligible voters are choosing mayors and local councils. A runoff is slated for June 28 for seats with no candidate who secures 50 percent of the vote.