CHISINAU Dec 19 Moldovan MPs on Monday approved
raising the retirement age to 63 years from the current level of
57 for women and 62 for men, a reform that is part of a
three-year-old assistance programme agreed with the
International Monetary Fund.
The retirement age will be lifted gradually by a few months
every year until coming fully into effect in 2028.
Life expectancy in the ex-Soviet country -- Europe's poorest
-- is 67.5 years for men and 75.5 years for women. In a country
with a population of 3.5 million, of which 1 million are abroad,
there are more than 700,000 pensioners.
(Reporting by Alexander Tanas; editing by Alexei Kalmykov and