Scuffles break out outside the Moldovan parliament and angry protesters demand snap elections after lawmakers appoint the country's third prime minister in less than a year. Jennifer Davis reports.
Protesters forced their way into the Moldovan parliament demanding snap elections on Wednesday, after lawmakers appointed the country's third prime minister in less than a year in a bid to end months of political deadlock. Some 2,000 people had gathered to protest against the appointment of yet another prime minister. Moldova has been without a proper government since a no-confidence vote toppled the previous administration in October after a $1 billion dollar banking scandal. But protesters say the fresh appointment of Prime Minister Pavel Filip does NOT represent democracy and amounts to handing over power to a criminal. Despite a heavy police presence, a group of demonstrators forced their way into the parliament building after the vote and INSIDE the parliament building moments after the vote, several opposition lawmakers rushed to the front of the podium in the center of the room to display banners demanding early elections.