Ex-World Bank economist nominated as Moldova prime minister

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CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — The main party in Moldova's pro-European ruling coalition has named an ex-World Bank economist as the candidate for prime minister.

Maia Sandu worked for the World Bank in Chisinau and then Washington before becoming education minister in 2012. She has been praised for reforming the education system by reducing the number of schools, modernizing the curriculum and saving money.

The Liberal Democratic Party nominated Sandu Thursday, two days after it signed an agreement with the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party to form a pro-European alliance. The parties hold 55 of 101 seats in Parliament.

The 43-year-old Sandu is expected to be approved by parliament next week after she names her cabinet.

The former prime minister resigned June 16 after a probe into the authenticity of his high school diploma and university degree.