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Secessionist leader Igor Smirnov runs for a forth mandate

Igor Smirnov, the president of the Moldovan breakaway province of Transdniester, announced on November 3 that he would seek a fourth term. According to AP, Piotr Denisenko, the head of Transdniester's Central Election Commission, said that Smirnov's candidacy met all the legal requirements, and that his name would be on the ballot for the December 10 election. Smirnov was elected president in 1991, 1996, and 2001.