The first round of Moldovan presidential elections took place on Sunday 1 November, with none of the eight registered candidates gaining more than 50% of the votes cast. As a result, a second round will be held on 15 November between the two leading candidates, Maia Sandu and Igor Dodon.
The pro-EU candidate Maia Sandu received 35,77% of the vote and challenges the incumbent pro-Russia President Igor Dodon, who received 32,87% of the vote.
Sandu is former Prime Minister of Moldova and the current leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS). Her campaign is focused on creating jobs, as Moldova has experienced a huge brain drain in the past twenty years. ALDE Party member Partidul Liberal in Moldova supports her race for the presidency.
ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen has expressed his support to Sandu and wishes her success in the second round later this week.
Last week, pro-EU Maia Sandu won 1st round of presidential elections in #Moldova. Supported by Liberal Party of Moldova, she will stand against pro Putin Igor Dodon for the presidency in 2nd round. @ALDEParty wishes Maia Sandu all success! 🇲🇩🇪🇺 https://t.co/kUeAhK8TWW— Hans van Baalen (@hansvanbaalen) November 8, 2020