Businessman to lead Trans-Dniester

Yevgheny Shevchuk, a 43-year-old businessman, has been elected president of the breakaway Moldovan region of Trans-Dniester.

Election officials announced that Mr Shevchuk won 73.9 per cent of votes to defeat Anatoly Kaminski, the candidate preferred by Russia, in Sunday’s runoff. The region is not recognised internationally, but has its own legal and administrative system.