Some 7,000 people have staged a protest in the Moldovan capital, demanding the resignation of the government and early elections.

Moldova has been rocked by protests since September 2015, when demonstrators began demanding a proper investigation into more than $1 billion that went missing from three banks prior to parliamentary elections in November 2014.

The protesters who marched through the city Sunday claim the current government is under the influence of politically connected business people who dictate policy.

Political leaders and parties declined to take part in Sunday's protest because Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday, a religious holiday in Moldova.

In the past year, Moldova has been mired in political turmoil, and has had six prime ministers.