Meet Andrei Năstase, candidate for Chișinău mayor

The article is part of the information campaign launched by IPN. The article presents biographical data, information regarding income and possessions, as well as professional background of the contenders for the capital's mayoralty.

Andrei Năstase is the candidate put forward by the electoral bloc "ACUM PAS and DA Platform" to the position of mayor of Chișinău municipality. He is placed tenth on the ballot list. At the local elections held on June 3, 2018, Andrei Năstase was elected mayor of the capital. However, his mandate was not validated on the grounds that he campaigned on social media during "silence day".

The candidate is 44 years old and was born in the village of Mândrești, Telenești district. He is married and has three children. He graduated from the Faculty of History and Geography at the "Ștefan cel Mare" University of Suceava and the Faculty of Law at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University from Iași.

He started his career as a prosecutor in 1997. From 2002 to 2015, he worked in the private practice law firm "Andrei Năstase". Additionally, he worked as a prosecutor's aid at the Transport Prosecutor's Office, as well as deputy director of the "Air Moldova" company.

Andrei Năstase became a public figure in Moldova in 2013, due to being a founding member and the leader of the Civic Platform Dignity and Truth (DA). Later, the Platform converted into an opposition political center-right party. His name awareness rose due to the organization of several anti-government protests in the 2015-2018 period. From November 2015 to February 2016, he was chairman of the initiative group for the republican referendum which aimed to amend the Constitution regarding the direct popular election and dismissal of the president, the decrease of the number of MPs and to limit parliamentary immunity.

In February 2019, he ran for Parliament in the 33rd electoral district on behalf of the ACUM bloc. He won the election and became one of the 26 ACUM MPs. Shortly after, he resigned as MP in favor of the role of interior minister, a position he still holds.

He is the joint candidate of PPPDA and PAS at the general local elections in Chișinău. At the beginning of the election campaign, he said that he had decided to run for office once again in order to allow citizens to "take their city back". His platform for Chișinău City Hall is structured in the form of a pyramid, which has the inhabitants of the capital at the top. According to him, if changes are not performed over the course of the next five to ten years, Chișinău will collapse.

In case he wins the elections, Andrei Năstase wants to increase social responsibility regarding the development of the city and to appoint a deputy mayor dedicated to the problems of the suburbs. As part of his activity, Năstase aims to implement good practices from developed cities, which he claims will transform Chișinău into a modern city. Andrei Năstase said that he will keep professionals at City Hall, yet will dismiss corrupt clerks.

In his January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 wealth declaration form, the candidate declared that his wife's salaries amount to over 67 thousand euros. The family was paid 35 thousand euros for the sale of a car and received over 14 thousand euros allowances for their children. The candidate owns several lands, an apartment, four dwellings, a garage, a car and five other real estates.

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