Romanian coalition talks progress, but president remains decisive in choice of prime minister –


The center-right PNL and the socialist PSD have largely agreed on a government program, but the name of the prime minister is not yet finalized. President Klaus Iohannis has the final say in the choice of the future Prime Minister.

With their junior allies from the UDMR, the two parties discussed the possibility of having a rotation for the post of Prime Minister. But many PNL leaders oppose this proposal, and a solution is expected from President Iohannis, according to political sources cited by the EURACTIV partner. HotNews.

The leaders of the three parties that will form the coalition were to meet with President Iohannis on the evening of Monday, November 15. The head of state would again prefer to appoint Nicolae Ciuca, interim defense minister, to form the government.

Iohannis had previously appointed Ciuca as prime minister, but he failed to gain support from a minority government made up only of ministers from PNL and UDMR.

After this attempt, the PNL began negotiations with the PSD to form a large majority coalition. The PSD has about a third of the deputies, while the PNL has less than 30%. The coalition would have strong support in parliament with deputies and senators from the Hungarian ethnic minority party UDMR and representatives of other ethnic minorities.

(Bogdan Neagu |


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