Interview 10 Nov 17

Moldova ‘Stands at a Crossroads’ – Maia Sandu

Ahead of next year’s general elections, the defeated pro-Western candidate in last year’s presidential election says voters must choose between ‘responsible government’ or life in an uncertain ‘buffer zone’.

Madalin Necsutu
BIRN
Chisinau
Maia Sandu at an OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Photo: OSCE/Flikr

Maia Sandu is an unusual phenomenon in Moldova’s politics. Young, smart, and a vocal supporter of closer relations with the West, the 45-year-old former economist and former education minister heads the Party for Action and Solidarity, PAS.

She also ran in the presidential elections last year, losing in the second round to the winner, the current pro-Russian President, Igor Dodon.

Sandu and her supporters blamed her defeat mainly on smear campaigns that targeted the fact that she is a single woman and is pro-EU and pro-Romanian.

In an interview with BIRN, Sandu said that while people in Moldova feel disappointed with the poor results of successive governments in recent years, they have to make a choice for real change at the parliamentary elections due next year.

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