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The last time we checked in, it appeared that the uprising had failed – quashed by a harsh police crackdown and the insistence of foreign election monitors that the Communist Party's slender victory was legitimate.
But the ground appears to have shifted again this week with the victory of four anti-Communist parties in snap elections. They won enough seats to form a new government and some analysts are saying that means the power of the tweet prevailed after all.
"I think it worked, because those [revolutionary] events in April heavily influenced the way people voted on July 29," says Arkady Babaroshiye, executive director of the independent Institute for Public Policy in Chisinau.
"Moldova's political preferences have changed, and people are tired after eight years of Communist rule," he adds. "The youth were very active in the [Twitter Revolution], and we see that the liberal and democratic parties have now won thanks largely to the support of young people."
Communists lag behind opposition parties
With over 99 percent of the votes counted by Thursday evening, the four largest opposition parties had garnered 50.7 percent of the votes against a Communist tally of 45.1 percent, according to Moldova's Central Electoral Commission.
That puts the liberal parties on track to win about 53 seats in the 101-seat legislature, enough to form a governing coalition but about 8 seats short of the super-majority that's required to elect a new president.
Moldova, a tiny state of around 4.5 million that was part of Romania until 1940, is Europe’s poorest country and potentially one of the most unstable. It remains deeply divided between the ethnic Romanian majority and the Slavic breakaway statelet of Transdniestr, which has maintained its def acto independence, backed by Russia, since winning a bloody civil war in the early 1990s.