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Separatists in Tiraspol announce an overwhelming victory in unrecognized referendum

Election officials in Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region said on September 18 that the result of the September 17 referendum was overwhelmingly in favor of independence. The self-proclaimed republic's Central Election Commission said 97.1 percent of the votes were in favor of secession from Moldova. At 3 p.m. local time, the commission said turnout had been 58.8 percent of Transdniester's 389,000 registered voters, more than the required 50 percent.

Russia has called for the results of the referendum in pro-Moscow Transdniester to be respected, but no Western country has endorsed the vote.