Moldova’s presidential elections will take place during turbulent times for the country, politically as so often, and amid the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
The elections are scheduled to take place on 1 November with a likely runoff on the 15th. The leading candidates for the runoff, according to the latest polls, are the pro-Russian incumbent president Igor Dodon and the pro-European opposition candidate and former Prime Minister, Maia Sandu.
They have already met in a previous presidential runoff in 2016 when Igor Dodon was victorious amidst allegations of voter fraud.
Cristina Gherasimov, Research Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, German Council on Foreign Relations
Nicu Popescu, Director, Wider Europe Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations; Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova (June-November 2019)
Chair: Kataryna Wolczuk, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House