Nicolae Timofti

Nicolae Timofti (Romanian pronunciation: [nikoˈla.e tiˈmofti]; born 22 December 1948 in Ciutulești, Moldavian SSR) is a Moldovan jurist and politician who was President of Moldova from 23 March 2012 until 23 December 2016. He served as head of Moldova's Supreme Magistrate Council and was elected President by parliament on 16 March 2012.[1][2]

Nicolae Timofti
Nicolae Timofti 2013-03-11.jpg
Timofti in 2013
President of Moldova
In office
23 March 2012 – 23 December 2016
Prime Minister
Preceded byMarian Lupu (acting)
Succeeded byIgor Dodon
Personal details
Born (1948-12-22) 22 December 1948 (age 74)
Ciutulești, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union (now Moldova)
Citizenship Moldova
Political partyCommunist Party (Before 1991)
Independent (1991–present)
SpouseMargareta Timofti
Children3 sons
Alma materMoldova State University
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch/service Soviet Army
Years of service1972–1974
RankSenior Lieutenant

Early life and educationEdit

Timofti was born to Elena (born 1927) and Vasile Timofti in Ciutulești, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union,[3] and has four siblings.[citation needed] 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 died in 1953.[4] Timofti graduated from the law school of Moldova State University in 1972.[5]

Early activityEdit

After graduation, Timofti spent 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 started reforms in the 1990s," Mihai Ghimpu said.[5] In 2005, Timofti was appointed to the Higher Judicial Chamber and, in 2011, he was named chairman of the Supreme Council of Magistrates.[5]

President of MoldovaEdit

After his election by parliament, Timofti identified Moldova's European orientation as a priority, as it had been the country's policy during the previous years; he stated that this policy "must continue"[6] and that his country "has no other future than a European future".[5] Former acting president and speaker of the Parliament of Moldova Mihai Ghimpu called Timofti "...a progressive man, [which] means a lot for the Republic of Moldova."[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Timofti is married to the lawyer Margareta Timofti and they have three sons: Alexei (born 1977) works as a lawyer for the World Bank in Washington, Nicolae (Nicu) (born 1980) is a sports journalist in Chișinău, and Ștefan (born 1989) studies economics in Chișinău.[5]



  1. ^ UNIMEDIA (16 March 2012). "Live text de la alegerea președintelui Republicii Moldova". Unimedia (in Romanian). Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  2. ^ Paul Ciocoiu (16 March 2012). "Cine e Nicolae Timofti, noul președinte al Republicii Moldova?". EVZ (in Romanian). Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Criza din R. Moldova s-ar putea încheia vineri cu alegerea lui Nicolae Timofti la preşedinţie". Mediafax (in Romanian). 15 March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Nicolae Timofti a fost votat Presidente al R. Moldova". Timpul. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Profile: Who Is Moldova's New President-Elect?". Radio Free Europe. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  6. ^ Washington Post, Moldova elects pro-European judge Timofti as president, ending 3 years of political deadlock
  7. ^ Николай Тимофти больше не судья ВСП
  8. ^ "Укази о одликовањима". Archived from the original on 1 March 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Тимофти награжден Орденом "Звезда Румынии"". Панорама. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  10. ^ Росен Плевнелиев: Болгария поддержит Молдову на пути евроинтеграции

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Political offices
Preceded by President of Moldova
Succeeded by