Would-be Moldova election kingmaker flees country ahead of Sunday polls

November 28, 2014 3:29 PM

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CHISINAU (Reuters) - A would-be kingmaker in elections in Moldova, millionaire dark horse candidate Renato Usatii, said on Friday he had fled to Russia fearing arrest after his party was excluded from the vote in a move likely to embolden pro-European rivals.

Russia, which backs a breakaway territory on Moldova's eastern border with Ukraine, criticized the expulsion of Usatii's party by a court on grounds of electoral violations.

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