Maia Sandu has become the first woman to become the leader of the European country Moldova. She won 58 percent of the vote in the recent elections, and she has close ties with the European Union.
Sandu won the presidential runoff with 57.75 percent of the vote, according to the country’s election commission. After the second round she had to wait for three days for the official results and now another 45 days to be sworn in.
“We need the state to work to serve citizens, not for thieves and corrupt officials,” said Sandu.
Her opponent, incumbent President Igor Dodon, won 42.25 percent of the votes.
He said on Monday that he would concede defeat if the courts don’t find anything inappropriate occurred in the voting process. However, she congratulated her as a precaution.
Sandu is the leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity, and she has promised to be on the frontline against corruption in the country that was hit by a massive $1 billion bank fraud scheme that equals 15 percent of Moldova’s annual economic output.
This will not be an easy task for Sandu because of their parliamentary system, she is considered not to have strong support in Parliament.