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January 18, 2022

New technocrat PM after autumn elections?

Klaus Iohannis could appoint a new technocrat Premier, after the legislative elections next autumn. The announcement was made by Presidential aide Laurentiu Stefan in an interview for Reuters.

Romania’s former ruling leftist coalition stands a good chance of pooling forces for an election in December but it is unlikely to win enough support to form a government, Presidential aide Laurentiu Stefan said on Wednesday.

Romania’s two big parties – the leftist Social Democrats (PSD) and their political rivals, the centrist Liberals (PNL) – each should get about 32-35 percent of the votes, less than the 50 percent required to be able to nominate a Prime Minister, Laurentiu Stefan, President Iohannis’s political adviser, said at the Reuters Eastern Europe Investment Summit.

According to Stefan, since no party will secure the majority that would allow it to form a government on its own, the appointment of another technocrat as Prime Minister is not ruled out.

“Evidently, the President will be searching for a prime minister. We’ll see if this is a political prime minister or one having a shorter political career not to mention even a technocrat… there are still many question marks,” Stefan stated, Agerpres informs.

Asked whether Ciolos might retain his post, Stefan answered: “He’s an asset for Romanian politics. Very abstractly speaking I do believe that Romania and Romanian parties could have a valuable source if he decided to join the arena (after the elections),” Reuters informs.

Moreover, Stefan said not even an alliance between Social Democrats and two allied junior parties would manage to meet the 50 percent threshold needed to nominate a Premier.

Reuters points out that President Klaus Iohannis named Dacian Ciolos last November to form a technocrat government, the appointment coming after Victor Ponta resigned over the Colectiv nightclub fire.

Laurentiu-Mihai Stefan served 10 years as political aide at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.


Gorghiu: Technocracy, stop-gap solution


PNL leader Alina Gorghiu stated that the opinion expressed by Presidential aide Laurentiu Stefan is not shared by the Liberals and emphasised that technocracy is only a stop-gap solution.

“This year PNL is focused on winning the local and parliamentary elections. After these elections, we want to manage as better as possible as many Romanian cities as possible, and in the autumn to form the parliamentary majority in order to nominate a Liberal Premier. The Presidential aide’s analyses are his personal points of view, which I respect, but they do not represent the view of the National Liberal Party. Technocracy is only a stop-gap solution, viable only over the short term, in order to ensure stability during a complicated elections year,” Gorghiu stated.

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