Sevil Shhaideh took his oath on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Palace for the position of Minister of Regional Development, replacing Liviu Dragnea, who resigned office after being sentenced to a suspended one year in prison and three-year probation in the 2012 referendum case.
Previously, Prime Minister Victor Ponta had presented President Klaus Iohannis the proposition related to Sevil Shhaideh, former State Secretary in the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MAPDR).
Sevil Shhaideh is aged 50 and had held the position of Manager of the IT Systems Department at the Constanta County Council during 1993-2007, and after, until 2012, she had led the Projects Department of CJ Constanta. She was appointed state secretary in MDRAP in 2012, after Liviu Dragnea was named Minister.
According to her latest declaration of wealth, issued on May 6, 2015, Sevil Shhaideh has a 47 square metre apartment, purchased in 1994, and several accounts opened in 2007 and 2011, of a total sum of approximately RON 500,000.
Sevil’s wealth declaration also includes a loan of EUR 20,000, granted by her husband, Akram Shhaideh, to Bachir Chhide, and returned in September 2014. Also, the Debt section includes a loan of RON 60,000, contracted in 2012 and due in 2017.
The income earned by Sevil Shhaideh in the previous financial year exceeds RON 300,000, RON 56,364 of which represent her salary at the Ministry of Development, and RON 247.800 was earned as a member of CIFGA (the Inter-Ministry Committee of Financing, Deposits and Insurances) at EximBank SA.
Sevil Shhaideh’s husband has earned an annual income of RON 46,149 as a employee of Constanta County Roads and Bridges Autonomoys Board and RON 826 as advisor in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Sevil Shhaideh married her husband in 2011, and the media reported that the groomsmen were Liviu Dragnea and the Head of the County Council of Constanta, Nicusor Constantinescu.
Liviu Dragnea declared on Wednesday, though, that Sevil Shhaideh was not his goddaughter because the Muslim religion acknowledges no groomsmen and he was a mere witness to Sevil’s marriage, just as other of the attendants.
“The Muslim religion acknowledges no groomsmen. They are witnesses. When two people, a woman and a man of Muslim faith, wed each other, there are people attending the event as witnesses. There are no groomsmen or goddaughter”, Dragnea explained.
He mentioned that he had known Sevil Shhaideh for 15 years and had been a witness to her wedding, just like other people.
PM Ponta: As long as we have money, we grant funding despite of obstacles
The portfolio of the Ministry of Development was vacated following Liviu Dragnea’s resignation this Monday, after being handed down a one-year suspended prison sentence in the Referendum case din 2012 for dismissing Traian Basescu.
The resigned Minister of Development, Liviu Dragnea, declared on Monday that he had discussed with PM Victor Ponta and EU Commissar for Regional Policies Corina Cretu in order to decide his successor at the Ministry, so that the person due ton be nominated would be supported by everybody.
Sevil Shhaideh will continue the local development programs initiated by their author Liviu Dragnea, PM Ponta declared, carefully avoiding to pronounce her family name in order not to make any mistake.
“The program of local development, even if the person who initiated it, the father of the program so to say, Liviu will no longer be a Minister – and not by his fault or ours – will be continued by the new Minister, State Secretary Sevil – let me pronounce her name correctly, so that I would not have to offer her a gift. As long as we have money, we will grant funding, despite of the obstacles provided by various institutions that are unable to comprehend that we live in the 21st century and not in the Socialist Republic of Romania”, Ponta declared during a discussion with several Mayors in Bucharest.
The Prime Minister had hinted a month ago to an institution that prevented the Government to grand funds for investments. At that time, he had mentioned the Audit Court.