Romanian coalition talks progress, but president still instrumental in choosing PM

There is a difference between decisions adopted and enforced and political discussions, Iohannis told journalists on Thursday, before the EU summit. [EPA-EFE / JOHANNA GERON]

The centre-right party PNL and the socialist PSD have largely agreed on a governing programme, but the prime minister’s name is not yet settled. President Klaus Iohannis has the final say in choosing the future prime minister.

Together with their junior allies from UDMR, the two parties have talked about the possibility of having a rotation for the position of prime minister. But many leaders from PNL are opposing this proposal, and a solution is expected from President Iohannis, according to political sources quoted by EURACTIV’s partner HotNews.

The leadership of the three parties that will form the coalition were due to meet President Iohannis on Monday (15 November) evening. The head of state would prefer again to name Nicolae Ciuca, the interim defence minister, to form the government.

Iohannis previously appointed Ciuca as prime minister, only for him to fail to gain support for a minority government formed only of ministers from PNL and UDMR.

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

(Bogdan Neagu |

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