Never heard of this happening before:
Moldova risks a prolonged political stalemate that may further slow down reforms in one of Europe's poorest nations as the only candidate for president said on Wednesday he was pulling out of this month's election.
The withdrawal of parliament speaker Marian Lupu means the presidential election, which takes place in parliament rather than by popular vote, might be delayed if no other candidate steps in. The vote is currently scheduled for January 15.
Ex-Soviet Moldova has been without a president for over two years as no group in parliament has been able to muster the necessary 61 votes out of 101.I know nearly nothing about Moldova so I have no idea what's motivating this. The article suggests that the Parliament is sufficiently fractured that no candidate will get 61 votes, and if a candidate fails to do so then the Parliament is dissolved and a new special election is held. Right now Lupu is acting president, so not running for president might actually mean that he can remain president longer than he otherwise would. Interesting.