President of Moldova

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President of Moldova
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Igor Dodon

since 23 December 2016
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)
FormationSeptember 3, 1990
Salary9,264 USD annually [1]
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The president of the Republic of Moldova (Romanian : Președintele Republicii Moldova) is the head of state of Moldova. The current president is Igor Dodon, elected in 2016. On 15 November 2020 he was defeated in his re-election bid by challenger Maia Sandu who will assume the office on 23 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]


Between 1994 and 2000, the president had been elected by popular vote for a four-year term; if no candidate received a majority in the first round, a runoff took place between the top two finishers. In 2000, the law regarding the election of the President of Moldova stipulated that the president would be indirectly elected by the Parliament of Moldova to a four-year term; a candidate must win a supermajority of 61 votes to be elected. Presidents are limited to two terms.

Nevertheless, the Constitutional Court ruled on March 4, 2016, that the law adopted in 2000 was unconstitutional, [6] thus reverting the election method of the president to a two-round system direct election.

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):


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


President Igor Dodon and Transnistrian leader Vadim Krasnoselsky at the official country residence of the President of Moldova in Condrita. The PMR President is on a working visit to Moldova.jpg
President Igor Dodon and Transnistrian leader Vadim Krasnoselsky at the official country residence of the President of Moldova in Condrița.


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

Took officeLeft officePolitical party
1 Ion C. Inculet (1884-1940), President of Moldavian Democratic Republic.jpg Ion Inculeț
December 15 [ O.S. December 2] 1917April 9 [ O.S. March 27] 1918 Bessarabian Peasants' Party

Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (1940–1991)

Chairmen of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet

First secretaries of the Moldavian Communist Party

Chairman of the Supreme Soviet



Took officeLeft officePolitical party
1 Mircea Snegur, March 2012-2.jpg Mircea Snegur
(born 1940)
27 April 19903 September 1990 Communist Party of Moldova

Republic of Moldova (1991–present)


   PDAM    PCRM    PL    PLDM    PDM    PSRM    PAS    Independent

  Acting President
Took officeLeft officePolitical partyElected
1 Mircea Snegur, March 2012-2.jpg Mircea Snegur
(born 1940)
3 September 199015 January 1997 Independent 1991
2 Petru Lucinschi 2000.jpg Petru Lucinschi
(born 1940)
15 January 19977 April 2001 Democratic Agrarian Party of Moldova 1996
3 VoroninVladimir2008.jpg Vladimir Voronin
(born 1941)
7 April 200111 September 2009 Party of Communists 2001
Mihai Ghimpu Imagine.jpg Mihai Ghimpu
(born 1951)
Acting President
11 September 200928 December 2010 Liberal Party
(Alliance for European Integration)
Vladimir Filat.jpg Vlad Filat
(born 1969)
Acting President
28 December 201030 December 2010 Liberal Democratic Party
(Alliance for European Integration)
Marian Lupu Senate of Poland.JPG Marian Lupu
(born 1966)
Acting President
30 December 201023 March 2012 Democratic Party
(Alliance for European Integration)
4 Nicolae Timofti June 2014 (cropped).jpg Nicolae Timofti
(born 1948)
23 March 201223 December 2016 Independent
(Alliance for European Integration)
5 Igor Dodon MoscowTass 01-2017.jpg Igor Dodon
(born 1975)
23 December 201624 December 2020 Independent
(supported by Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova)
6 Maia Sandu (2019) II.jpg Maia Sandu
(born 1972)
24 December 2020 Party of Action and Solidarity 2020

Living former presidents

There are four living former Moldovan presidents:


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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.

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