The election of Maia Sandu to the Presidency of Moldova, after winning the second round of the Presidential elections, caused great satisfaction in the Romanian political scene.
The 48-year-old former prime minister and up-until-yesterday leader of the Moldovan opposition Maia Sandu, who promised in the election that she would secure support and funding from the European Union, clinched yesterday the presidential election against incumbent President Igor Dodon with 56% of the vote according to the country’s electoral commission, with 99.07% of the ballots counted.
The first head of state to congratulate Maia Sandu was Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
“I congratulate Maia Sandu on her victory in the presidential election in the Republic of Moldova! The citizens of the Republic of Moldova have chosen to continue on the European and democratic path, the path of progress! Romania will stand by the Republic of Moldova in its real effort for modernization, democratization and rapprochement with the EU”, the Romanian president posted on Twitter.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban congratulated Maia Sandu on her victory, noting that they were witnessing a “truly historic event”.
“I congratulate Maia Sandu on her decisive victory in the presidential election! We are witnessing a truly historic event for the Republic of Moldova. Maia has shown that elections can be won with an honest and proper election campaign. I am convinced that she will be the president that the good people who voted for change expected. A capable and responsible president who will modernize the country and bring it closer to Romania and the European Union”, Orban wrote today on Facebook.
According to the Romanian Prime Minister, the Romanian government will remain a loyal partner of the Republic of Moldova and support the new president’s initiatives in both Bucharest and Brussels.
“We believed in Maia from the very beginning, when not many believed she had a chance against Igor Dodon. The PNL was and will remain by its PAS colleagues in their struggle to gain governance”, said Ludovic Orban.
PSD President Marcel Ciolacu considers Maia Sandu’s victory a confirmation of the desire of the majority of the country’s citizens for a strategic rapprochement with Europe and Romania.
“I salute the historic victory of Maia Sandu in the presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova! The result confirms the desire of the majority of the country’s citizens for a strategic rapprochement with Europe and Romania, the only guarantee for a better future, with more prosperity, without corruption and oligarchy”, Ciolacu said on Facebook just moments ago.
USR President Dan Barna stated Maia Sandu had won a landslide victory in the Moldovan presidential election.
In a message on Facebook, he states: “Huge victory for Maia Sandu. The Republic of Moldova has chosen to look to the EU. Maia will not have an easy task in turning the country on the path to prosperity and democratic values, but if anyone can achieve it, it is her. As is often the case in Romania, the Diaspora has taught an excellent lesson in mobilization and democracy. The vote count has not yet been completed, but the pro-European vote was so massive that nothing can change in this regard. Congratulations and good luck, Maia!”, The USR leader said on Facebook.
PMP President Eugen Tomac indicated in his message that he would propose the establishment of a ministry for relations with the Republic of Moldova, as Maia Sandu will be the first head of state of this country to also be a Romanian citizen.
“The majority of Romanians, apart from Pruthos, elected a female president for the first time. Maia Sandu is indeed a pro-Western politician. She belongs to the political wing of EPP and has strong support from the EPP leaders. Her image in Brussels is rather good and she will surely be the most supported political leader in the former Soviet Union. She is the first head of state of the Republic of Moldova to also be a citizen of Romania, and we should be happy about the fact that she was open about it; however, at the same time, (she should) hold all decision-makers accountable for the relationship with the Republic of Moldova, which should receive special attention”, Tomac wrote on Facebook. /ibna