Moldova's prime minister resigns

Moldova's Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev unexpectedly resigned Wednesday in a leadership shake-up he said was for the "well-being" of the country. His departure triggers the resignation of his government. Tarlev said in a statement he was stepping down to allow a new team to take over but did not elaborate. "People are tired of seeing the same people every day in the same positions," Moldova's President Vladimir Voronin, a close ally of Tarlev, was quoted as saying by Russian news agency Interfax. Tarlev, 44, a Communist, has been the prime minister of Moldova since 2001 and the longest-serving since independence in 1991. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for 2009.