Maia Sandu wins Moldova’s Presidential Election

Maia Sandu has won the 2020 Moldovan Presidential run off vote. Sandu captured over 57% of the vote, leaving the incumbent, Igor Dodon, behind by over 15 points, according to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission, CEC, that said nearly 100% of the vote has been counted.

“People voted in very large numbers … they voted because they care, because they want their voices to be heard,” Sandu said.

Sandu was Minister of Education from 2012 to 2015 and member of Parliament of Moldova from 2014 to 2015 and in 2019. Sandu was selected as the joint candidate of the pro-European PPDA and PAS parties for President of Moldova in the 2016 election, however she was defeated in the subsequent runoff by the pro-Russian PSRM candidate, Igor Dodon, losing the popular vote by a margin of 43%-57%. In a rematch between Dodon and Sandu in the 2020 election she was the winner, reversing the results of the previous elections by a margin of 58%-42%. She will be Moldova’s first female president.

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