Ion Chicu

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Ion Chicu
Ion Chicu - Nov 2019.jpg
Chicu following the parliamentary session that approved his appointment as Prime Minister.
14th Prime Minister of Moldova
Assumed office
14 November 2019
PresidentIgor Dodon
Preceded byMaia Sandu
Minister of Finance
In office
10 December 2018 – 8 June 2019
PresidentIgor Dodon
Prime MinisterPavel Filip
Preceded byOctavian Armașu
Succeeded byNatalia Gavrilița
Personal details
Born (1972-02-28) February 28, 1972 (age 47)
Pîrjolteni, Călărași District, Moldovan SSR
(present-day Moldova)

Ion Chicu (born 28 February 1972) is a Moldovan politician who has been the Prime Minister of Moldova since November 2019, following the ousting of the Sandu Cabinet led by Maia Sandu in a motion of no confidence by the Parliament of Moldova.[1]

Biography[edit]

Chicu (far left) with Moldovan National Security Adviser Victor Gaiciuc (center left), Moldovan President Igor Dodon (center) and Defence Minister Pavel Voicu in August 2019.

He was born on 28 February 1972 in the village of Pîrjolteni, located in the Moldovan Călărași District. He graduated from the Faculty of Management at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. In 2005, he worked as director of the General Directorate of Structural Reforms of the Ministry of Economy and Trade. In the mid-late 2000s, he was the Deputy Minister of Finance of Moldova. From April 2008 to September 2009, he was the chief state adviser to Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev on economic issues and external relations. He also served as chairman of the Strategic Development Council of the Nicolae Testemițanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, worked as a consultant on public finance management in various projects. In January 2018, he was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance and in December of that year he became the Minister of Finance. He resigned from this post during the 2019 Moldovan constitutional crisis which brought down the Filip Cabinet.

He is currently married with three children.

Premiership (2019-Present)[edit]

Chicu with Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow.

On 14 November 2019, the government of Prime Minister Maia Sandu was defeated in a vote of no confidence after attempts to pass bills to change the judicial system. With the support of just over 60% of MPs, Chicu was approved as a replacement Prime Minister.[2][3] The same day he announced that his government would "fulfill all obligations of the state to external partners and international financial organizations, primarily the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank".[4] At the time of his appointment, he was described by President Igor Dodon as "a technocrat, a professional who has not been in any political party",[5] although Chicu did serve as an advisor to President Dodon.[5] The day after, he was introduced to a new Cabinet of Ministers by President Dodon, which included Victor Gaiciuc as defense minister and Pavel Voicu as interior minister.[6] On 20 November, he went to Moscow on his first working visit, where he held talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moldova's fledgling government felled by no-confidence vote". Reuters. 12 November 2019.
  2. ^ Кто он — Ион Кику, кандидат в премьеры, предложенный президентом Молдовы // sputnik.md
  3. ^ https://balkaninsight.com/2019/11/14/moldovas-parliament-votes-in-ion-chicu-as-new-pm/
  4. ^ https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1XO1KS
  5. ^ a b Moldovan Parliament Approves New 'Technocratic' Government November 14, 2019 rferl.org
  6. ^ http://president.md/rus/presa/seful-statului-a-avut-o-intrevedere-cu-prim-ministru-si-ministrii-noului-guvern
  7. ^ http://m.government.ru/en/news/38388/
  8. ^ https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/moldovas-new-prime-minister-chicu-plans-to-v-764530.html