Former banker named PM-designate after Romania election

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Romania's president has appointed the outgoing finance minister as prime minister-designate after center-right groups joined forces to keep out of power a leftist party that won most votes at a parliamentary election earlier this month

December 22, 2020, 6:08 PM

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President Klaus Iohannis named former banker Florin Citu as the candidate to form the next government at a time when Romania is struggling against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout.

Citu said after the nomination that he will do everything in his power to form a stable government.

Citu is from the ruling National Liberal Party (NLP) whose leader and former PM Ludovic Orban resigned in the wake of the Dec. 6 vote. Citu is backed by two more parties, giving him 244 lawmakers in the two chambers of Romania's 465-member parliament.

The PSD, which held power before the current administration, has faced accusations of populism and corruption that triggered months of street protests before the NLP took over a year ago.

Citu is now set to name Cabinet members who will need lawmakers' approval to take office. Citu's coalition also includes the progressive USR-Plus alliance and a Hungarian minority party, both which have pledged to push forward with economic and social reforms.

ABC News

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