Moldova's president names ex-finance minister as new PM

Photo: EPA The President of Moldova Maia Sandu speaks to media after voting at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Chisinau, 11 July 2021.

Moldova's President Maia Sandu said on Friday she was nominating former Finance Minister Natalia Gavrilita to become the new prime minister, Reuters reported. Gavrilita needs to be approved by parliament, where Sandu's PAS party commands a majority after the winning a snap parliamentary election in July on a platform of carrying out reforms and tackling corruption.

Gavrilita, 43, was finance minister when Sandu was prime minister in 2019, in a short-lived government that fell in a no-confidence vote within months. Before that, she worked with British-based consultancy Oxford Policy Management and at the non-profit Global Innovation Fund.

Sandu, who favours closer ties with the European Union, defeated her pro-Russian predecessor Igor Dodon in a presidential election in November and called the snap parliamentary election to consolidate her power.

"I have every confidence that the designated Prime Minister will come with an integrated and professional team," Sandu wrote on Facebook.

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