Nicolae Timofti

Nicolae Timofti
Nicolae Timofti
President of Moldova
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 March 2012
Prime Minister Vlad Filat
Iurie Leancă
Chiril Gaburici
Natalia Gherman (Acting)
Valeriu Streleț
Gheorghe Brega (Acting)
Preceded by Marian Lupu (Acting)
Personal details
Born 22 December 1948 (age 66)
Ciutulești, Soviet Union
(now Moldova)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Margareta Timofti
Children 3 sons
Alma mater Moldova State University

Nicolae Timofti (Romanian articulation: [nikoˈla.e tiˈmofti]; born 22 December 1948) is a Moldovan government official and legal adviser who has been President of Moldova since 23 March 2012. He served as leader of Moldova’s Supreme Magistrate Council and was chosen President by parliament on 16 March 2012.

Early life and instruction

Nicolae Timofti was destined to Elena (conceived 1927) and Vasile Timofti in Ciutulești, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union, and has four kin. At the beginning of 1949, his family moved to Florești. On 6 July 1949, his paternal grandfather Tudor Timofti was de­ported by Soviet authorities to the Amur re­gion, where he passed on in 1953. Nicolae Timofti graduated from the school of Moldova State University in 1972.

Early movement

After graduation, Nicolae Timofti put in two years in the Soviet Army before beginning his career as a judge in 1976. “He is a per­son who was with us when we began re­forms in the 1990s,” Mihai Ghimpu said. In 2005, Nicolae Timofti was appointed to the Higher Judicial Chamber and, in 2011, he was named chair­man of the Supreme Council of Magistrates.

President of Moldova

After his elec­tion by parliament, Ti Nicolae Timofti identified Moldova’s Eu­ro­pean orientation as a priority, as it had been the country’s pol­icy dur­ing the pre­vi­ous years; he expressed that this pol­icy “must proceed” and that his coun­try “has no other fu­ture than an Euro­pean future”. For­mer act­ing president and speaker of the Par­lia­ment of Moldova Mihai Ghimpu called Nicolae Timofti “…a progressive man, which means a lot for the Re­pub­lic of Moldova.”

Local approach and law declaration case

On 22 May 2012, Nicolae Timofti promulgated the Law on amending and sup­ple­ment­ing Law 100 on common sta­tus, as a result of this law, citizens of Moldova need to in­di­cate the iden­tity Ro­man­ian na­tion­al­ity on the off chance that they self-iden­tify Romanian.

In May 2013, Nicolae Timofti promulgated three laws, received by Communist Party (PCRM) and Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM), laws con­sid­ered to be detrimen­tal for the standard of law in Moldova. He was threat­ened with the dis­missal as president, yet he re­mained in of­fice, as the laws were in­val­i­dated by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court of the Re­pub­lic of Moldova.

Nicolae Timofti issued three de­crees for designating Vlad Filat as Prime Min­is­ter of Moldova and to dis­miss the min­is­ter of Trans­ports, Anatol șalaru. On 21 May 2013, Con­sti­tu­tional Court in­val­i­dated the declarations.

Individual life

Nicolae Timofti is married to the legal advisor Margareta Timofti and they have three children: Alexei (conceived 1977) acts as a legal advisor for the World Bank in Washington, Nicu (born 1980) is a sports journalist in Chișinău, and Ștefan (born 1989) studies economics in Chișinău.

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