President Klaus Iohannis announced on Tuesday that he accepted premier Mihai Tudose’s resignation and will convene on Wednesday consultations with the parliamentary political parties for the formation of the new Government. The President also announced having appointed incumbent Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor as acting Prime Minister following Mihai Tudose’s stepping down from office.
“Premier Tudose tendered his resignation to me and I accepted it. (…) After Prime Minister Tudose’s stepping down, I appointed Minister Fifor as acting head of the government, and seeking an as fast as possible procedure I did everything in my power to this effect and decided to call consultations with the parliamentary parties tomorrow, on Wednesday. I will send right away the invitations to consultations,” the President said at the Cotroceni Palace.
He mentioned that he is deeply dissatisfied and concerned with the current situation.
“One year after election we already have two failed PSD governments. Now, we obviously need a government to cut short uncertainty. I want us to go through a speedy procedure to establish a new ruling lineup because this political uncertainty must not degenerate into political instability and, more importantly, I want to prevent the possible negative economic consequences of this crisis that set off anew inside the Social Democratic Party,” the head of state said.
According to Art. 107 Para 3 of the Constitution, “…the President of Romania shall appoint another member of the government as acting Prime Minister, tasked with fulfilling the relevant responsibilities until a new government is formed.” The term as interim can be of maximum 45 days.
Mihai Fifor’s Biography:
Mihai-Viorel Fifor was born on 10th of May 1970.
In 1994 he obtained a degree in Philosophy at the Faculty of Letters and History from the University of Craiova. A year later, he obtained his Master’s degree in “Romanian Literature”, also at Craiova University. Since 2003, he is a Doctor in Social Anthropology, Craiova University. In 2007, he got a Master’s degree in Public Management at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, and in 2009 – “Internal Affairs Management” at the National College of Internal Affairs, the “Al. I. Cuza” Police Academy and “Security and good governance” at the National Defence College, according to the official website of the Chamber of Deputies.
He worked as: main scientist researcher at “C. S. Nicolaescu-Plopsor” Institute for Studies in Social Studies and Humanities, the Romanian Academy (1994-2001); director of the County Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture, Dolj (2001-2005); manager of the Oltenia Museum in Craiova (2005-2009); Secretary of State at the Ministry Internal Affairs (2009); manager at the Oltenia Museum in Craiova (2009-2012), Secretary of State at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (May-2012).
At the legislative elections of December 9, 2012, he was elected Senator of Dolj (on the Social Democratic Party -PSD lists), in No.2 Uninominal College in no. 17 Constituency.
At the parliamentary elections of December 11, 2016, he obtained a senator mandate in Arad, also on the PSD lists. PSD Senator Mihai Fifor is chairman of the joint parliamentary commissions investigating the organization of the 2009 elections and the presidential election since the commission was founded, on May 11, 2017.
He speaks French and English.
On 28th of June 2017, Mihai Fifor was nominated for Minister of Economy in Mihai Tudose’s Government, being sworn in office on June 29, 2017.
On 9th of September 2017, Mihai Fifor was nominated for Minister of National Defence and currently performs as such.
President Iohannis to consult with parliamentary parties for designating prime minister
President Klaus Iohannis sent a letter on Tuesday to the chairs of political parties and groups represented in Parliament, inviting them to consultations at the Cotroceni Palace on Wednesday in view of designating a candidate for prime minister, the Presidential Administration informs in a release.
Each delegation can be made up of a maximum of five persons, the quoted source informs.
According to the head of state’s agenda, the consultations will be held with representatives of the PSD – ALDE Alliance, USR, PMP, UDMR and also with representatives of the parliamentary group of national minorities.
PSD’s Viorica Dancila nominated by PSD’s CExN for PM office
MEP Viorica Dancila was nominated by the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) for the Prime Minister office on Tuesday.
The nomination was voted unanimously by the leadership forum, with one abstention.
Vasilica Viorica Dancila was born on Dec. 16, 1963, in Rosiori de Vede, the southern Teleorman county.
She graduated from the Faculty of Well Drilling and Exploitation of Hydrocarbon Deposits, in Ploiesti in 1988. Dancila got a Master’s Degree on the European Public Space at Bucharest National School of Political and Administrative Studies. She is specialized in project programming and management, the oil economy bases and decision-making, an expert in legislative harmonization – European integration.
Dancila worked as an engineer at Oil Company Petrom SA – a OMV Group member – during 1998 – 2009, at Videle Operation Area, the Oil and Gas Production Monitoring Service.
She has been a Social Democrat Party (PSD) member since 1996. She has been heading the PSD Women’s County Organization since 2005; the PSD Euro-deputies group leader in the European Parliament (March 2010 – March 2011); a vice president of the PSD National Women’s Organization (2010 till today).
Dancila became a Social Democrat MEP on Jan. 21, 2009, after Titus Corlatean and Catalin Nechifor left the European Parliament to take up as Romanian parliamentarians. At the European Parliament, Dancila was an alternate member of the Commission on budget control and the Delegation for the relation with Mashrek countries and a full member of the Commission for budgets and the Delegation for the relations with Israel.
She was elected a MEP on the PSD+PC list at the June 7, 2009 polls. She is a member in the European Parliament’s Commission for agriculture and rural development, the Delegation for the relation with Mashrek countries and the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.
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