Viorica Dancila named as PM designate in Romania

Ovidiu Posirca 17/01/2018 | 18:08

MEP Viorica Dancila has been designated as prime minister by Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, following consultations held with the political parties on Wednesday.

Dancila was nominated by the center left ruling coalition PSD-ALDE. The proposal came one day after PM Mihai Tudose resigned following a conflict with the leadership of the Social Democratic party.

Iohannis said that the PSD holds a majority in Parliament so this is why he decided to “give another chance” to the social-democrats and accept Dancila for the top government job.

Now, Dancila will have to form the new government and obtain the vote of MPs. She would be Romania’s first female PM.

In a short statement, Dancila laid out the priorities of her government: “I’m waiting for the vote of the Parliament, because for us it is important to implement the governing program for Romania, for Romanians, to treat how we have to 2018 – the Centennial, but in the same time to prepare for the takeover of the EU Council presidency starting January 2019.”

The head of state suggested that the whole procedure for the appointment of the new government could be finished by February 1.

This means that Romania should have a new government is less than two weeks.

“One year after the elections won by PSD, we have to failed PSD governments. They now receive the shot to prove they know what they want and know how to do it,” said Iohannis.

PSD’s leadership withdrew the political support for Tudose’s team after the PM had disagreements with some ministers. The head of the PSD Liviu Dragnea claimed that Tudose went to vent his anger on TV instead of talking about the issues in the party.

Tudose had replaced Sorin Grindeanu, last summer, whose government didn’t survive a motion of no confidence that was initiated by the ruling coalition. At that time, PSD’s leadership claimed that Grindeanu had to resign due to a poor performance of his government.

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