BUCHAREST – No change of course

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis designated Ludovic Orban to form a new government, just a day after Orban’s cabinet was dismissed by the Parliament, following a no-confidence vote.

Analysts say Iohannis and his allies, the centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL, part of EPP), are trying to force snap elections with this designation. The president’s opponents, especially the socialists (PSD), have called the move illegal, claiming that designating a PM who was sacked by the Parliament is unconstitutional.

Iohannis said he favours the snap elections, which would be his first option, but not all parties support a decision in this regard. Socialists, together with Pro Romania – a party founded by former PSD prime minister Victor Ponta, have come up with an alternative PM proposal, saying they have found a new majority in the Parliament.

Romania’s Constitution states that the president designates a prime minister after consultations with the majority party, or with all parliamentary parties if none of these has the absolute majority in the Parliament. (EURACTIV.ro)

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