New government and new Prime Minister
The leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLDM) Vlad Filat, Democratic Party (PDM) Marian Lupu and Liberal Party (PL) Mihai Ghimpu have signed an agreement to form a new government.
Moldova has been on political hold since Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici resigned in June after a probe into the authenticity of a high school diploma. The new government will have a slim 52 seat majority in the 101 seat parliament.
Meanwhile the Liberal Democratic Party, the largest of the three parties in the coalition, has nominated Maia Sandu, the former Education Minister as their nominee for Prime Minister. Ironically it was Sandu who forced the previous prime minister to stand down as she insisted on a police investigation into the validity of his educational certificates.
The nomination of Maia Sandu will have to go before parliament, probably early next week and if agreed she will replace interim Prime Minister Natalia Gherman. The 43 year old Sandu has a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and previously worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and in Chisinau. Maia Sandu became Minister of Education in July 2012. She speaks English, Russian and Spanish and is single.