Maia Sandu

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Maia Sandu
Sandu in March 2024
6th President of Moldova
Assumed office
24 December 2020
Prime MinisterIon Chicu
Aureliu Ciocoi (acting)
Natalia Gavrilița
Dorin Recean
Preceded byIgor Dodon
13th Prime Minister of Moldova
In office
8 June 2019 – 14 November 2019
PresidentIgor Dodon
Preceded byPavel Filip
Succeeded byIon Chicu
Member of the Moldovan Parliament
In office
24 February 2019 – 8 July 2019
Succeeded byGalina Sajin
In office
30 November 2014 – 18 February 2015
Succeeded byPetru Știrbate
President of Party of Action and Solidarity
In office
15 May 2016 – 9 December 2020
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byIgor Grosu (acting)
Minister of Education
In office
24 July 2012 – 30 July 2015
PresidentNicolae Timofti
Prime MinisterVladimir Filat
Iurie Leancă
Chiril Gaburici
Natalia Gherman (acting)
Preceded byMihail Șleahtițchi
Succeeded byCorina Fusu
Personal details
Maia Grigoryevna Sandu

(1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 51)
Risipeni, Fălești District, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union (now Moldova)
  • Moldova
  • Romania[1]
Political partyIndependent[2]
Other political
EducationAcademy of Economic Studies of Moldova
Academy of Public Administration
Harvard University

Maia Grigoryevna Sandu (born 24 May 1972) is a Moldovan politician. Sandu is the President of Moldova since 24 December 2020. She is the leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS). She was the Prime Minister of Moldova from 8 June 2019 until 14 November 2019.[3]

Early life[change | change source]

Sandu was born on 24 May 1972 in the commune of Risipeni, located in the Fălești District in the Moldavian SSR.[4] From 1989 to 1994, she majored in management at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldavia/Moldova (ASEM).[5]

In 2010, she graduated from Harvard University.[5] From 2010 to 2012, Sandu worked as an Adviser to the Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington, D.C..[5]

Presidency[change | change source]

In June 2019, she became Prime Minister of Moldova.[6] Five months later, on 12 November 2019, Sandu's government fell after the vote of the censure motion.[6][7] She defeated incumbent president Igor Dodon in the 2020 presidential election.[8] Sandu is the country's first female president.[9] During her presidency, she has been seen as a strong ally of the European Union and Ukraine during the Russian invasion of the country.[10]

Sandu has made anti-corruption, economic reform and liberalisation a main part of her political platform.[11][12]

In February 2023, she accused Russia of trying to create a coup of the Moldovan government.[13][14][15]

References[change | change source]

  1. Botnarenco, Iurii (10 November 2016). "Alegeri Republica Moldova. Maia Sandu: Am cetăţenia română! Dodon: Interesele cărei ţări veţi apăra?" (in Romanian). Adevărul. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  2. "Maia Sandu a demisionat din fruntea PAS". Adevărul (in Romanian). 9 December 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  3. "Maia Sandu este noul prim-ministru al Republicii Moldova". (in Romanian). June 8, 2019.
  4. "VIDEO. Maia Sandu apare pentru prima oară în public alături de mama sa". AGORA. 8 November 2016. Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Biography of President of the Republic of Moldova Maia Sandu". Retrieved 2022-04-30.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Guvernul condus de Maia Sandu a fost demis. Dodon se apucă să-și facă propriul cabinet", DW.COM, retrieved February 5, 2020
  7. "Moldova's fledgling government felled by no-confidence vote". Reuters. 12 November 2019.
  8. Roth, Andrew (2020-11-16). "Moldova election: blow to Kremlin as opposition candidate sweeps to victory". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  9. Blewett-Mundy, Hugo (2023-03-02). "Moldova's President Maia Sandu: A Real Friend of the West". CEPA. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  10. "EU awards Ukraine and Moldova candidate status". BBC News. 2022-06-22. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  11. Necsutu, Madalin (2023-03-21). "Moldova to Target Corruption with New Court for Major Cases". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  12. Wright, Peter (2021-11-03). "Ending the 'rule of thieves': Maia Sandu and the fight against corruption in Moldova". London School of Economics. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  13. "Moldova's pro-EU President Sandu accuses Russia of coup plot". BBC News. 2023-02-13. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  14. Bohlen, Celestine (2023-03-07). "Moldova's Pro-Europe Leader Tries to Thwart Russia's Influence". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  15. Sandu, Maia (2023-05-13). "Russia's efforts to destabilise Moldova will fail, says its president". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2023-07-05.

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