Moldovan riot police block the Parliament building from protesters in Chisinau on January 20, 2016. / AFP / DORIN GOIAN
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Some 10,000 people massed in the Moldovan capital Chisinau on Thursday as tensions in the pro-Western nation flared following the secret midnight swearing-in of a new government.Lawmakers of the impoverished former Soviet republic on Wednesday approved a new government amid political turmoil, with protesters storming the parliament building and opposition legislators attempting to block the vote. President Nicolae Timofti has endorsed the new government despite the rallies.Authorities said that 31 people -- including 27 police -- had been injured in the clashes.The last government, which was also pro-EU, lost a parliamentary confidence vote in October and was dismissed.
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