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Main opposition leader becomes Romania’s new PM



(Xinhua/NAN) Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, on Tuesday appointed Ludovic Orban, leader of the main opposition National Liberal Party (NLP), as Prime Minister, after the Social Democratic cabinet collapsed in a no-confidence vote on Thursday.

Iohannis made the decision after days of consultations with parliamentary parties when only the NLP came with concrete proposals for the Prime Minister’s position and even the cabinet’s composition.

“I am honored to assume this responsibility on behalf of the NLP, after being appointed to organise a new government.

“We will give the Romanians what they expect from us, namely honesty, competence, integrity, dedication in serving the public interest and solutions for the big problems that Romania faces today,“ Orban said.

However, under the constitution, Orban has 10 days to form a government, and win a confidence vote in the parliament.

Orban, 56, had been chairman of the NLP since June 2017. He was the minister of transport from April 2007 to Dec. 2008, and a member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies from 2008 to 2016.

Earlier, the Social Democratic government lost a no-confidence vote initiated by the NLP, after it was abandoned by its coalition partner in late August and became a parliamentary minority.(Xinhua/NAN)


Edited by Yahaya Isah

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