Maia Sandu has been since 24 December 2020 the President of Moldova. Sandu is the Party of Action’s former leader and Moldova Prime Minister from 8 June to 14 November 2019.
About Maia Sandu
Maia Sandu, the President is the first female president in Moldova. She assumed her office on 20 December 2020. Her political career began in 2012, and she became the Education minister, and she was in the role until 2015. Maia Sandu began a platform and emerged a political party ‘Partidul Acțiune și Solidaritate (Party of Action and Solidarity).’ Sandu, 2019 was elected as Moldova’s Prime Minister.
Sandu, before her political career, worked for the World Bank as Executive Directors Adviser from 2010 to 2012. She did her schooling from 1989 to 1994 at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (ASEM), from 1995 to 1998 at the Academy of Public Administration (AAP) in Chișinău, and in 2010 graduated from Harvard University with the John F. Kennedy School of Government. President Sandu speaks English, Spanish, Romanian, and Russian.
In 2020, Sandu came to power, gained popularity, and maintained her image among the masses. The focus of her campaign is on eliminating poverty, the economy reviving and fighting corruption.
What are the challenges Moldovans are facing?
Moldova is the neighboring country of Ukraine, and it is hard-hit due to this ongoing war. It has received Ukrainian refugees in large numbers and experienced cyberattacks and security incidents in a series by Transnistria, the Russian-backed breakaway region.
Moldova applied in March 2022 for EU membership, and the European Parliament was ready to give EU candidate status.
Moldovans are going through severe challenges. Maia Sandu is addressing a few, but as a president directly she cannot address everything. Though she wishes to contribute to helping people and address their issues. With the ongoing Ukraine war, it has become a distressed economy that survival looks very difficult. Moldovans are leaving the country, and fighting corruption is a serious issue that the president is prioritizing to address that issue. The president believes Moldovans, in the majority, voted for her to fight against corruption, and as the government, she is taking action.
What are the current government and parliament members holding?
There is a need for internal political changes to see reforms such as anti-corruption. There is a need for changes and progress to see Moldova as a better nation. Today, Moldova lacks majority deputies to support the reform agenda, especially the reform of the justice sector. It is because many are involved in corruption and fear justice.
However, Maia Sandu, confirms that she won the election to take anti-corruption action. She strongly believes Moldovans will understand the parliament needs cleaning up, and it is high on her agenda to have early parliamentary elections. She agrees that it will be tough, and there are things to do before the parliamentary elections. She is working towards speeding up reforms and making substantive efforts to implement the agenda of anti-corruption.
The new President, Maia Sandu is getting vaccine access, especially for health workers and vulnerable categories. She is trying to make changes fast so that the people in Moldova continue staying and leading their lives.