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President Iohannis designates Viorica Dancila for Prime Minister office. Romania will appoint a woman as prime minister for the first time in its history

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday that he designated Social Democrat Party’s (PSD) proposal, Viorica Dancila, for the Prime Minister office.

“Having weighed all arguments, taking into account the concrete situation in Parliament, I have decided to give PSD one more chance and designate the person proposed by the PSD, Mrs Dancila. However, now the PSD must show performance. Romanians have great expectations, I have great expectations as well,” the head of state said.

At the same time, the President pointed out that he listed very many opinions about the formation of the new government and the designation of the prime minister.

“Today, all day, I have listened to the opinions and arguments of politicians, but I have managed yesterday, last night, between meetings, to also listen to the common people opinions, to read messages on social networks included (…). There are arguments related to the parties’ policies, obviously. There are very many arguments about Romania’s domestic policy, there are many arguments about Romania’s foreign policy and security. I have listened and carefully read all these opinions and arguments and I weighed them, because now I have to decide. But what kind of decision is the one I must make? First of all, this decision must be in accordance with the Constitution and the Constitutional Court decisions in terms of designating [the Prime Minister] and here the most powerful argument is the parliamentary arithmetic,” Iohannis said.


“I invite those involved in forming Gov’t to mobilise; Gov’t could begin work starting 1 Feb.”


He  made a call on those involved in the procedure to form the Government to get mobilised.

“I invite all those involved in the procedure to get mobilised and work fast and well. It is possible for the entire procedure to be completed by 1 February and for the new Government to get down to work and solve the problems rather than mixing them up,” the head of state said.

He underscored that the Social Democrat Party (PSD) has promised important things, namely salaries, pensions, schools, manuals, hospitals, infrastructure.

“Too little has been achieved so far,” the head of state added, pointing out that the PSD must prove now that it will do what it has promised.

The head of state said that the Social Democrats get the chance to prove they know what they are doing.

“One year after the parliamentary elections, which the PSD won, we have two failed PSD Governments. Now they get the chance to prove they know what they want and know how it is done,” Iohannis said.

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace had a meeting with the Social Democrats’ proposal for the Prime Minister office, Viorica Dancila, official sources confirmed for AGERPRES.

Previously, the head of state had consultations with the parliamentary parties and formations, aimed at designating a candidate for the Prime Minister office.


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