Dancila named Romania's first woman PM

2018-01-18 08:01
Romania's new prime minister, Viorica Dancila. (Octav Ganea, AP)

Romania's new prime minister, Viorica Dancila. (Octav Ganea, AP)

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Bucharest - Romania's president on Wednesday named Viorica Dancila, a little-known MEP, as the EU country's third prime minister in seven months, and also its first female premier.

"After weighing all the arguments I have decided to give the Social Democrats another chance and to nominate the person they proposed," said centre-right President Klaus Iohannis, a fierce critic of the government.

"I hope the new government will get to work quickly to sort things out," he said.

Late Monday Mihai Tudose resigned as prime minister after a power struggle with the head of the ruling Social Democrats (PSD), Liviu Dragnea.

Motion of confidence

Dancila, 54, who is seen as close to Dragnea, both coming from the same region, still has to be approved by parliament.

But this is seen as a formality with the PSD-led government holding a majority in parliament.

Tudose was the second PSD-appointed premier to go after his predecessor Sorin Grindeanu's government was torpedoed by the party filing a no-confidence motion last June.

Both appeared to have fallen out with Dragnea, 55, who is himself barred from public office because of an electoral fraud conviction, but who still calls the shots as party head.

Dancila, a former engineer in the oil and gas sector who is far from a household name in Romania, is a "decent, agreeable and very competent woman," he said.

Dragnea said that parliament will convene to vote on a motion of confidence in the new government on January 29.

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