Protesters stand by a fire while blocking a main road leading into the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Opposition protesters in tiny ex-Soviet Moldova have demanded that snap elections be called by Thursday, in the latest stage of a protracted political crisis in the impoverished nation.Some 40,000 demonstrators braved sub-zero temperatures on Sunday to express their anger at rampant corruption among the ruling elite and the influence of oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, who is seen as being the real power behind the new administration.The protest leaders said they have set an ultimatum of 1500 GMT on Thursday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections called, reiterating a key demand they have made throughout months of standoff.
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