Maia Sandu sworn in as president of Moldova

Maia Sandu has been sworn in as the new president of Moldova after taking the oath of office on December 24 at a ceremony in Chisinau.

Sandu, a former World Bank economist who favours closer ties to the European Union, was elected last month after defeating Russia-backed Igor Dodon in a tight race.

During her inauguration ceremony, Sandu, 48, promised to be a “uniting” president.

She cited the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s economic crisis as her priorities while promising to appoint a team of experts to tackle the issues. Sandu has presented closer integration with the EU as a way out of the economic crisis.

She previously served as prime minister for several months during Dodon's term before being ousted in a vote of no confidence last year.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies

photo: Maia Sandu was sworn in as president of Moldova on 24 December 2020 

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