Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu's pro-Western government has collapsed after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament.
A total of 63 out of 101 lawmakers voted on November 12 against Sandu's government as deputies from the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), which was until recently led by fugitive oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, joined colleagues from the pro-Russian Moldovan Socialist Party (PSRM) to topple the administration.
The PSRM, led by President Igor Dodon, filed the no-confidence motion on November 8 after Sandu's cabinet changed the procedure for appointing the prosecutor-general, under which the prime minister would nominate candidates for the position.
Sandu had proposed that the Venice Commission, the EU's expert body on constitutional law, examine the amendments after they took effect, but the PSRM rejected the compromise.
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