Moldova has a new government after two rival groups agreed to form a coalition and oust the Democratic Party of influential businessman Vladimir Plahotniuc.
The country held an election in February but it was inconclusive. It was thought that a snap election was the only way to break the deadlock until a surprise last-minute coalition deal was struck between the Socialist Party and the anti-corruption, pro-EU group ACUM, led by Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase.
Sandu, a former World Bank executive and education minister, was elected as prime minister by MPs on Saturday afternoon.
After the government was sworn in, President Igor Dodon, of the Socialist Party, called for “political maturity” and “the peaceful transfer of power.” The Constitutional Court ruled that the new coalition was not valid, although it remains unclear what effect, if any, that will have on the new government.
The coalition said it was formed in order to rid Moldova of oligarchy, a direct reference to Plahotniuc’s leadership, which had been widely criticized by civil society groups and the EU for lack of transparency, corruption and poor administration.