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Mihai Ghimpu

Mihai Ghimpu
President of Moldova
In office
11 September 2009 – 28 December 2010
Prime Minister Zinaida Greceanîi
Vitalie Pîrlog (Acting)
Vlad Filat
Preceded by Vladimir Voronin
Succeeded by Vlad Filat (Acting)
President of Parliament
In office
28 August 2009 – 30 December 2010
Preceded by Vladimir Voronin
Succeeded by Marian Lupu
Personal details
Born (1951-11-19) 19 November 1951
Colonița, Soviet Union
(now Moldova)
Political party Popular Front (1990–1993)
Liberal Party (1993–present)
Other political
Bloc of the Intellectuals (1994)
Alliance for European Integration (2009–present)
Spouse(s) Dina Ghimpu
Alma mater Moldova State University
Religion Eastern Orthodoxy

Mihai Ghimpu (Romanian pronunciation: ; born 19 November 1951) is a Moldovan politician. He was Speaker of Parliament from 28 August 2009 to 30 December 2010[1] and Acting President from 11 September 2009 until 28 December 2010.


Mihai Ghimpu was born on 19 November 1951 in the village of Simion Ghimpu, Visarion, and Valentina (mother of Dorin Chirtoacă). He has been married, for more than 30 years, to Dina Ghimpu, an employee of Moldova's Culture Ministry; they have no children.[3]

Education and early career

After attending elementary school in his hometown, Mihai Ghimpu enrolled in School no.1 of Chișinău (now "Gheorghe Asachi" High School). After high school, he carried out the compulsory military service in the Soviet army until 1972. Then, Ghimpu studied law at Moldova State University (1974–1978), after which worked as legal counsel to state enterprises. In 1978–1990 years he worked as a lawyer, headed the legal departments of various companies and served as a judge in Sectorul Rîșcani of Chișinău.

In the late 1980s Ghimpu joined the democratic movement. He was one of the founders of the Popular Front of Moldova, a member of the executive committee of the movement, known as one of the leading political forces in Moldova. In 1990 polls, Mihai Ghimpu was elected to Moldovan Parliament as a representative of Popular Front and in 1994 polls as a representative of the Bloc of the Intellectuals. Alongside parliament members, Ghimpu voted the Declaration of Independence of Moldova in 1991.

In 1997 Mihai Ghimpu was elected as chairman of the Party of Reform, created by Anatol Șalaru in 1993. In 1998 polls, the party obtained only 0.54% and failed to pass the electoral threshold of 4%. The Party of Reform didn't participate in 2001 polls and 2005 polls.

In April 2005, the party changed its name and became known as the Liberal Party of Moldova. In 2007, Mihai Ghimpu was elected as alderman in Chișinău Municipal Council. Two weeks later, the vice-president of the Liberal Party, Dorin Chirtoacă won a victory over the Communist Veaceslav Iordan and became mayor of Chișinău.[4] The Liberal Party obtained 13.13% of the votes in April 2009 polls, equating to 15 out of 101 MPs; Ghimpu was one of the party's MPs and in the July 2009 polls, he was re-elected.


Mihai Ghimpu

Alliance For European Integration

In July 2009 were held early parliamentary elections for the XVIII convocation. The Moldovan Communist Party won the elections with 44.76 per cent of votes. In the parliament entered four other parties - the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (16.55 percent), Liberal Party (14.61 percent), Democratic Party of Moldova (12.55 percent) and the Party Alliance Our Moldova (7.35 percent of the vote). As a result, the Communists gained 48 seats in Parliament (out of 101), the Liberal Democrats - 18, Liberals - 15, ASM - 7, the Democrats - 13.

The leader of Liberal Party, Mihai Ghimpu, as well as leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Filat, Democratic Party of Moldova, Marian Lupu and the Party Alliance Our Moldova Serafim Urechean more than a week held talks on forming a coalition, and in August 2009 the party established a governing coalition under the banner "Alliance For European Integration".[6]

President of the Moldovan Parliament

On August 28, 2009, Mihai Ghimpu was elected as the Speaker of the Moldovan Parliament, through secret voting, getting all 53 votes of the Alliance For European Integration.[7][8]

Mihai Ghimpu on August 28, 2009: "I thank my colleagues for their trust. I hope that while in this post I will cooperate for a free press, independent legal system, and a state of law of which all the Moldovan citizens will be proud."[9]

Speaking at the World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Geneva on July 20, 2010, Ghimpu said: "Why have we become the poorest country in Europe? Not only because we did not carry out democratic reforms at the right time, but also because today on the territory of Moldova, part of an occupation army and its equipment continue to be stationed."[10][11][12]

President of Moldova

On September 11, 2009, he became the acting president of Moldova.[13] The interim position was possible following the resignation of Moldovan President, Vladimir Voronin, announced in the morning of 11 September 2009 on the public broadcaster Moldova 1.[14] The resignation letter was sent to the Parliament secretariat and by a vote of 52 deputies in the plenary session of the legislature the post of the President of the Republic of Moldova was declared vacant. Therefore, in accordance with Article 91 of the Constitution of 1994, which provides that "the responsibility of the office shall devolve ad interim to the President of Parliament or the Prime Minister, in that order of priority", Mihai Ghimpu has become the interim President of the Republic of Moldova until a new president is elected by the Parliament.

The Commission for constitutional reform in Moldova was set up under presidential decree on December 1, 2009 in order to resolve the constitutional crisis. On January 14, 2010 Ghimpu decreed to set up the Commission for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Moldova. The commission aims at studying the crimes of Soviet regime in the former Moldavian SSR.

In June 2010, Ghimpu instituted Soviet Occupation Day and unveiled the Monument to the Victims of the Soviet Occupation.

Mihai Ghimpu and the identity of Moldovans

Mihai Ghimpu is known as an unambiguous supporter of the common Romanian-Moldovan ethnic identity:

See also


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  3. ^ Mihai cel Ghimpu
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  5. ^ Reuters (NY Times): Communists to End Rule
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  7. ^ Moldovan Pro-Western coalition elects new speaker of the parliament
  8. ^ New York Times: Moldova Elects New Speaker After Communist Walk – Out
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  13. ^ ITAR-TASS: Mihai Ghimpu appointed Moldovan acting president
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  15. ^ (Romanian)
Party political offices
New office President of the Liberal Party
Political offices
Preceded by
Vladimir Voronin
President of Moldova

Succeeded by
Vlad Filat
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