Former economist tipped to be Moldova’s next leader

Former economist tipped to be Moldova’s next leader

Maia Sandu. Photo: Accent TV 2015/Wikmedia Commons.

A former World Bank economist is expected to become the next prime minister of Moldova.

Maia Sandu, who has been education minister since 2012, previously worked for the World Bank in the capital Chisinau and then in Washington.

Moldova’s Liberal Democratic Party nominated her on Tuesday, two days after forming a pro-European coalition with two other parties. Together, they hold 55 of the parliament’s 101 seats.

Sandu, 43, has been praised for her reform of the former Soviet state’s education system.

She is expected to be approved as prime minister next week, after naming her cabinet.

The former prime minister, Chiril Gaburici, resigned in June amid allegations that he had forged his educational qualifications.



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