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Moldova's President Nicolae Timofti delivers a speech during the opening session of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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CHISINAU (Reuters) - Moldova will hold a presidential election on Oct. 30, its parliament announced on Friday, the first time a new head of state will appointed by public vote since 2001.

Earlier in March a court ruled in favour of having direct national elections to choose a president rather than a vote in parliament -- a concession to protesters who have been demonstrating for months against the political elite.

The four-year term of the current president, Nicolae Timofti, expired in March, but he will continue to carry out his duties until his successor is sworn in.

(Reporting by Alexander Tanas; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; editing by John Stonestreet)

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