Presidential elections in Republic of Moldova: Maia Sandu becomes country's first woman president

by Romanian Reporter - Monday, November 16, 2020 7:32 PM


Presidential elections in Republic of Moldova: Maia Sandu becomes country's first woman president

Maia Sandu, the pro-European candidate in Sunday's second round of presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova, won with a 15% difference in votes against the incumbent president, Igor Dodon (57.72% vs 42.28%). In the first round, Sandu's advantage was only 4%.

There was an overwhelming vote from the country's diaspora, with more than 92% of Moldova's citizens living abroad choosing Western and European directions for the country's future. Although the number of voters outside Moldova set a new record (262.103), beating the record set in the first round (146.746), this time it wasn't decisive for Maia Sandu's win over the Socialist candidate, as Igon Dodon lost the elections also at home. It helped though the newly elected president to have a comfortable and decisive lead and has sent a strong message regarding the direction in which they want their home country to move in the next years and this means stronger ties with European Union and Romania, as opposed to Russia.

Sandu's mission will be a difficult one nonetheless, despite strong popular support. She will face a hostile, Socialist-dominated parliament, and few levers to push for early parliamentary elections, which will normally take place in 2023.

Photo: Maia Sandu / Facebook, Cec.md


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