Nicolae Timofti elected as Moldovan president
Chairman of the Supreme Council of Magistracy, Nicolae Timofti has been elected as the Moldovan President. Some 62 MPs voted for him, while 61 votes were required. The Communists boycotted the elections, RIA Novosti reported.
There has been no president in Moldova since 2009 as four attempts to elect a head of state failed as the candidates were unable to gain the necessary number of votes being a minimum of at least 61 out of the 101 MPs. Three votes of socialists who supported the candidate nominated by the ruling Alliance for European Integration (AEI), allowed parliament to resolve the political deadlock.
Nicolae Timofti is 63 years old. All his life he worked in the judicial system of Moldova, starting his professional career after graduating from the department of law at Chisinau State University as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice. He was one of the judges of the district courts in Chisinau, the judge of the Supreme Soviet of the Moldavian SSR, vice-chairman of Supreme Court, as well as the Criminal Board head.
From 1996 to 2001 he was chairman of the Chisinau Court of Appeal and is the chairman of the Association of Judges of Moldova since 1996 to the present. Since March 2011, he has served as chairman of the Supreme Council of Magistracy. He is married and has three sons.