The contemporary political history of the Republic of Moldova

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Governments Take Hard Hits to Qualify for World Bank Loans
By Gumisai Mutume, InterPress Services, 23 February 2001. Moldova stuck to austere conditions in order to secure a structural adjustment loan from the World Bank. Under the loan terms, the World Bank told Moldova to privatise farms, the energy sector, cut subsidies and other social assistance programmes, privatise wineries and tobacco companies and ready the telecommunications company for privatisation.
Moldova returns to communism
From Charles Brown, 4 April 2001. Moldova has become the first former Soviet state to elect a communist as its leader. Moldova's economy has declined by two-thirds since independence in 1991 and over 80 percent of its 4.3 million population survive on less than one dollar a day.