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europe_map2gifNews that Moldova’s opposition parties have demanded new elections has briefly reminded people around the world of Moldova’s existence.  “It’s one of those places that used to be a part of Yugoslavia, isn’t it?” asked political scientist Ronald Barthelme of Pepperdine University, adding, “that region has such a tragic history.”  In fact, as a Google search turned up, Moldova is actually a former Soviet Republic on the Black Sea between Ukraine and Romania.  At a rally in Chisinau, which is apparently the capital of the country of 4 128 047 people, whose main exports are fruits, vegetables, wine and tobacco, Serafim Uracheanu, leader of the opposition party Our Moldova, declared that “We call for a new election to be held.  And we will win it.”  Experts in European History and Politics were unable to explain exactly why there needed to be new elections or, indeed, elections whatsoever.  “Do you mean Moldavia?  That place hasn’t been on the maps in decades,” wondered cartographer Sara Lewanczyk of Rand McNally.  “I think it was part of Poland-Lithuania in the seventeenth century.”

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