Romania’s representative to the International Monetary Fund, Mihai Tanasescu, said he would accept to become prime minister if he were offered the position. In comments on B1TV, taken over by Realitatea.net, Tanasescu said that in order for this to happen, he would need strong political backing.
This is not the first time Tanasescu confirms that he would take into consideration an offer to take over the helm of the government. In 2009 as well, when asked by a journalist if he would be interested in the position, he answered affirmatively.
In fact, Tanasescu’s name was mentioned among possible PM candidates in 2009, after PM Emil Boc’s government lost a no-confidence vote and was dismissed. Tanasescu served as finance minister in the Social Democrat Adrian Nastase-led cabinet, between 2000 and 2004. Up to 2000, he was also deputy executive director of the World Bank for a group of 12 countries, including Romania. He became Romania’s representative to the IMF in 2007.