Who Is Maia Sandu? First Female President of Moldova

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Moldova, currently amongst the poorest countries of Europe, was busy electing its new President for the past three weeks. In the first round of Moldova’s Presidential elections two weeks ago, Pro-EU candidate Maia Sandu finished ahead of the pro-Russian incumbent Igor Dodon. The preliminary results for the second round of elections came out on Monday. According to the results, Maia Sandu has won the second round to become the President of Moldova. The commission’s data showed Sandu had 57.74% of the votes and Dodon had 42.26% after 99.95% of ballots had been counted.

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Maia Sandu’s Professional Career

Maia Sandu is a Moldovian politician and has also been the former Prime Minister of Moldova from 2014 till 2015. She is currently heading the Party of Action and Solidarity. In 2016, Sandu was also selected as a joint candidate for the pro-European parties-Partidul Platforma Demnitate și Adevăr (PPDA) and  Partidul Acțiune și Solidaritate (PAS). She was defeated in the subsequent runoff by the pro-Russian Socialist Party PSRM candidate Dodon. Now in  the 2020 elections, the former Prime Minister Sandu has defeated Dodon and is all set to become the first female President of Moldova.

The final results would be announced  in the next five days as according to Moldova’s legislation, the Constitutional Court must approve the results.

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Sandu was born in Soviet Moldavia. She has majored in Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (ASEM) and international relations at the Academy of Public Administration (AAP). She later graduated from Harvard University. Sandu, 48, is a pro-EU candidate and has said that she would secure more financial aid from the EU as a president. She is a former World Bank economist. Sandu after the final results will  become the eastern European nation’s first female president. While addressing her supporters on her victory she said, “This victory is our common victory, I am proud of my team and all the young people who participated in the vote.”

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Sanskriti Tiwari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.