A recount of Moldova's April 5 legislative elections has again determined the ruling Communist Party is the winner.

The election commission secretary, Iurie Ciocan),said Tuesday there was not a significant difference between the recount and the original count that gave President Vladimir Voronin's Communist Party 50 percent of the vote.

The commission reviewed the ballots after opposition activists rioted to protest the results. The demonstrations led to two deaths and 200 arrests.

Leaders of the three main opposition parties say that the recount was a sham designed to cover up election violations and to secure the Communist Party's power.

They said the voter lists used in the election contained the names of underage or dead voters, and citizens who have lived abroad for many years.

The Communist Party won 60 seats in the 101-member parliament. That allows it to elect the parliament's governing bodies and form a Cabinet, but leaves it one seat short of the number needed to elect the next president.  



Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.