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Moldova's Parliament Ousts Pro-Western Prime Minister.

Moscow, Muharram 17, 1437, Oct 30, 2015, SPA -- Moldova's parliament ousted pro-Western Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet on Thursday, prolonging political turmoil in the impoverished former Soviet country, dpa reported.

The legislature ruled with a two-thirds majority vote of no-confidence against Strelet, who had pushed for closer ties with the European Union.

Moldova, a relatively small state wedged between Ukraine and Romania, is fiercely divided between ambitions for EU integration and allegiances with its former Soviet ruler, Moscow.

Strelet, a career politician, was prime minister for only three months - about a month longer than his predecessor, who resigned after allegations that he forged his high school diploma.

Strelet warned last month during mass protests over a banking scandal that if he also left office, the country would further destabilize.

Moldova's economy was crippled last year when a billion dollars - about one-eighth of the gross domestic product - went missing from local banks during the run-up to parliamentary elections.

-- SPA

03:43 LOCAL TIME 00:43 GMT

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