President of Moldova

President of Moldova
Președinte al Republicii Moldova
Flag of the President of Moldova.svg
Maia Sandu at Batumi International Conference, on 19 July 2021 (cropped).jpg
Maia Sandu

since 24 December 2020
Style His/Her Excellency
Residence Presidential Palace
Appointer Popular vote
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Ion Inculeț (Bessarabia era)
Mircea Snegur (Republic of Moldova)
Formation 3 September 1990
Salary 9,264 USD annually[1]

The president of the Republic of Moldova (Romanian: Președintele Republicii Moldova) is the head of state of Moldova. The current president is Maia Sandu, who assumed office on 24 December 2020.

Duties and functions

The office of the presidency in Moldova is largely ceremonial, with most of the formal political power exercised by parliament and the prime minister.[2][3] However, because the president represents Moldova internationally, he or she has sway over the country's relationships with other countries. In addition, the president can influence public policy by using his or her high profile to initiate and participate in public discourse.[4]

A collection of organizational bodies collectively known as the Presidential Administration, whose members are appointed by the president, serves as the communication service between the government and the presidency. One office of the Administration, the Supreme Security Council, advises the president on foreign policy.[5]


The president is elected in a two-round direct election, with a runoff taking place between the top two finishers if no candidate receives a majority in the first round. This system was put in place when the constitution of Moldova was adopted in 1994.

In 2000, a law was passed changing the process to an indirect election by the Parliament of Moldova, with a supermajority of 61 votes required. On March 4, 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional[6] and Moldova consequently returned to electing the president via popular vote.

One presidential term lasts for four years; presidents are limited to two terms.

Constitutional position

According to the Article 77 of the Constitution of Moldova (1994), the president of Moldova is the head of the state and represents the state and is the guarantor of national sovereignty, independence, and the unity and territorial integrity of the nation.

Acting president

The acting president of Moldova (Romanian: Președinte interimar al Republicii Moldova) is a person who fulfills the duties of the president of Moldova when cases of incapacity and vacancy occur. It is a temporary post provided by the Constitution of Moldova.

According to Article 91 of the Constitution of Moldova (1994):

When the office of the President of the Republic of Moldova becomes vacant or the President has been suspended from office, or finds himself in the temporary impossibility of discharging his duties, the responsibility of the office shall devolve ad interim on the President of Parliament or the Prime Minister, in that priority order.

Suspension from office

According to Article 89 of the Constitution of Moldova (1994):

  • (1) In the event where the president of the Republic of Moldova commits grave offenses infringing upon constitutional provisions, he or she may be suspended from office by Parliament if two-thirds of the members cast their vote in support of suspension.
  • (2) The motion requesting the suspension from office must be initiated by at least one third of the members, and it must be brought to the knowledge of the President without delay. The President may give explanations on the actions for which he or she is being censured before parliament.
  • (3) If the motion requesting suspension from office meets with approval, a national referendum shall be organized within 30 days for removing the President from office.


According to Article 90 of the Constitution of Moldova (1994):

  • (1) The office of the President of the Republic of Moldova may become vacant in consequence of expiry of the presidential mandate, resignation from office, removal from office, definite impossibility of executing his duties, or death.
  • (2) The request to remove the President of the Republic of Moldova from office will be brought forward in Parliament, which will pass a decision on that request.
  • (3) Within 3 months from the date when the presidential office was announced as vacant elections for a new president will be held in accordance with the law.


The presidential standard (Stindardul Preşedintelui) consists of the Coat of Arms of Moldova in front of a purple background and a border composed of squares of 1/9 in the national colors of the republic. The regulations of the Standard of the President is approved by the decree of the President with the opinion of the National Heraldic Commission. The original of the Standard of the President is handed over to the President at the inauguration ceremony and is kept in their office. Duplicates and copies of the standard are displayed at the Presidential Palace or at other presidential residences while they are on these premises.[7]

Band and music

The official march of the presidency is the Marș de Întîmpinare «La Mulți ani» (Slow March «To many years»), which is used during the arrival of the president at special occasions, similarly to Hail to the Chief for the President of the United States.[8] The Presidential Band of the Republic of Moldova is the main military band of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Moldova and specifically serves the president during all functions of state. The band performs at welcome ceremonies of foreign officials on state visits, military parades, and the accreditation of ambassadors.[9][10]

List of presidents of Moldova

Moldavian Democratic Republic (1917–1918)


  Bessarabian Peasants' Party

No. Portrait Name
Took office Left office Political party
1 Ion C. Inculeţ (1884-1940).jpg Ion Inculeț
December 15 [O.S. December 2] 1917 April 9 [O.S. March 27] 1918 Bessarabian Peasants' Party

Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (1940–1991)



No. Portrait Name
Took office Left office Political party
1 Mircea Snegur, March 2012-2.jpg Mircea Snegur
(born 1939)
27 April 1990 3 September 1990 Communist Party of Moldova

Republic of Moldova (1991–present)


  PDAM   PCRM   PL   PLDM   PDM   PSRM   PAS   Independent

# Portrait Name
Office term Cabinets Election Prior office Political party
1 Mircea Snegur, March 2012-2.jpg Mircea Snegur
(born 1939)
3 September 1990 15 January 1997 Druc (1990–91) 1991 Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Moldavian SSR Independent
6 years, 134 days
(Lost re-election campaign)
Muravschi (1991–92)
Sangheli I (1992–94)
Sangheli II (1994–97)
2 Petru Lucinschi 2000.jpg Petru Lucinschi
(born 1941)
15 January 1997 7 April 2001 Ciubuc I (1997–98) 1996 2nd President of the Parliament Democratic Agrarian Party of Moldova
4 years, 82 days
(Opted out of second term in office)
Ciubuc II (1998–99)
Sturza (1999)
Braghiș (1999–2001)
3 VoroninVladimir2008.jpg Vladimir Voronin
(born 1941)
7 April 2001 11 September 2009 Tarlev I (2001–05) 2001
Minister of Internal Affairs of the Moldavian SSR Party of Communists
8 years, 157 days
Tarlev II (2005–08)
Greceanîi I (2008–09)
Greceanîi II (2009)
Mihai Ghimpu Imagine.jpg Mihai Ghimpu
(born 1951)
Acting President
11 September 2009 28 December 2010 Filat I (2009–11) 8th President of the Parliament Liberal Party
(Alliance for European Integration)
Vladimir Filat.jpg Vlad Filat
(born 1969)
Acting President
28 December 2010 30 December 2010 8th Prime Minister of Moldova Liberal Democratic Party
(Alliance for European Integration)
Marian Lupu Senate of Poland.JPG Marian Lupu
(born 1966)
Acting President
30 December 2010 23 March 2012 Filat II (2011–13) 6th and 9th President of the Parliament Democratic Party
(Alliance for European Integration)
4 Nicolae Timofti June 2014 (cropped).jpg Nicolae Timofti
(born 1948)
23 March 2012 23 December 2016 Filat II (2011–13) 2011–12
Chairman of the Supreme Magistrate Council Independent
(Alliance for European Integration)
Leancă (2013–15)
4 years, 275 days

(Opted out of second

term in office)

Gaburici (2015)
Streleț (2015)
Filip (2016–19)
5 Igor Dodon MoscowTass 01-2017.jpg Igor Dodon
(born 1975)
23 December 2016 24 December 2020 2016 First Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova;Minister of Economy and Trade Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova
4 years, 1 day

(Lost re-election campaign)

Sandu (2019)
Chicu (2019–20)
6 Maia Sandu at Batumi International Conference, on 19 July 2021 (cropped).jpg Maia Sandu
(born 1972)
24 December 2020 Incumbent 2020 13th Prime Minister of Moldova Party of Action and Solidarity
344 days Gavrilița (2021–)


Official residence on Stephen the Great Boulevard.

The Presidential Palace is located in the Buiucani sector of Chișinău. It was constructed between 1984 and 1987 to the design of architects A. Zalțman and V. Iavorski. The distinctive building was originally the meeting place of the Supreme Soviet of the Moldavian SSR.

See also


  1. ^ Maxim, Pulber (20 March 2017). "Salariu de președinte: Cât primește Dodon de la stat – - Independent".
  2. ^ "Moldova elects pro-Russian Igor Dodon as president". POLITICO. 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  3. ^ "Maia Sandu, a reformist ex-prime minister, becomes president". The Economist. 2020-11-19. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  4. ^ Ivan, Paul (2016). "What to expect from the new president of Moldova" (PDF). Archive of European Integration (University of Pittsburgh). Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  5. ^ Аппарат президента — Президентура Республики Молдова Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "DECIS: Şeful statului va fi ales de popor; Modificarea din 2000 a Constituţiei privind alegerea preşedintelui de Parlament, NECONSTITUŢIONALĂ". (in Romanian). 4 March 2016.
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  9. ^ "accompanies welcome ceremonies of foreign officials and delegations, participates at the accreditation ceremonies of ambassadors, military parades and other solemn events. The band performs within festivals, charity concerts, inauguration of monuments, military exercises, saluting, ceremonies on laying wreaths at monuments and tombs of the fallen soldiers".
  10. ^ "Orchestre – Orchestra Prezidențială a Republicii Moldova". Retrieved 2017-11-11.

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