Moldova's Democratic Party member of parliament and newly elected prime minister Pavel Filip attends a session of parliament in Chisinau, Moldova, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Viktor Dimitrov
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Moldovan lawmakers appointed the country's third prime minister in less than a year Wednesday, backing a man chosen by the president as a compromise candidate in the hopes of ending months of political deadlock.The appointment of Pavel Filip, a member of the main pro-European coalition and a former IT and communications minister in the last government, followed the rejection of two previous candidates.Moldova's ruling elite has been the target of mass protests over the banking fraud, which saw the equivalent of one-eighth of Moldova's gross domestic product disappear overseas.Despite being touted as a compromise figure, opposition lawmakers resisted Filip's appointment. He has close ties to Vladimir Plahotniuc, one of Moldova's richest but most unpopular men, who was a target of the protests.
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