After recent parliamentary elections in Romania, the Social Democrats (PSD) established a coalition with a smaller party, and were invited to form a government. The PSD proposed a Muslim woman for prime minister. In a surprise move, the president of Romania rejected her, and asked the PSD to propose a different candidate.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this brief German-language news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is a brief article on the same topic from EBL News:
Romanian president rejects Muslim woman proposed as prime minister
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday that he will not designate Sevil Shhaideh, proposed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) for prime minister.
Saying he “carefully evaluated the proposal”, Iohannis said he rejects her and urged the PSD to nominate another person to head the next government.
Shhaideh, 52, a regional development minister with limited political exposure and experience, would have become the first female and the first Muslim prime minister of Romania.
“We were surprised by this,” the PSD deputy chief Paul Stanescu told the Mediafax news agency after Iohannis’ rebuttal of Shhaideh.
The PSD did not say yet how it plans to move forward, with Stanescu describing the situation as “the start of a crisis”.
The PSD won the December 11 elections and will form a coalition government with a small liberal partner.
Party leader Liviu Dragnea is legally barred from claiming the office because of a conviction related to election violations, but he openly said that he still intends to control the government.
|0:01||In Romania President Klaus Iohannis rejected|
|0:04||the woman who was nominated by the Social Democrats|
|0:07||for the office of prime minister.|
|0:12||In a brief statement from the presidential palace|
|0:22||“I have weighed out the pros and cons, and I have decided|
|0:25||not to accept the suggestion.|
|0:30||Therefore I demand from both coalition parties,|
|0:33||PSD and ALDE, to nominate a different person.|
|0:41||The president did not name any reasons for his decision.