Although he may leave his position as Mayor of Sibiu up to fifteen days after he officially becomes the president of Romania by taking the oath, Klaus Iohannis decided to submit his resignation much earlier. A release issued by Sibiu City Hall announces that Iohannis will resign his position as a Mayor on Tuesday, December 2.
In this case, the procedure requires the county prefect to register the Mayor’s resignation. The prefect’s order will be forwarded to the Ministry of Internal Affairs who would propose the Government to establish a date of elections for a new mayor. The elections would be held “in no more than 90 days” after the position of Mayor is officially declared vacant.
Klaus Iohannis has been the Mayor of the Municipality of Sibiu since 2000.
The attributions of the Mayor were overtaken by the Vice-Mayor of the Democrat Forum of Germans in Romania (FDGR), Astrid Fodor, who is also considered one of the favourites of the forthcoming elections for the position of Mayor of Sibiu.
Klaus Iohannis has been elected mayor of the Municipality of Sbiu on June 30, 2000, in the second round, as a member of FDGR. In 2004, he was reelected by 88.7 per cent of the votes. In the local elections of 2008, he gained a new term as a Mayor by totalizing 83.2 per cent of the votes. He was also re-elected as Mayor of Sibiu at the local elections of June 10, 2012.
He initiated numerous contacts with foreign investors and offices of the European Union. Under his engagement, the Municipality of Sibiu was named the European Capital of Culture in 2007 together with Luxembourg.