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Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis nominates Nicolae Ciucă as Prime Minister

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Romania‘s President Klaus Iohannis on Monday appointed Nicolae Ciucă for the position of the country’s prime minister as the Liberals and Social Democrats finalised the planned coalition aiming to end a two-month-long political stalemate.

Prime Minister-designate Nicolae Ciucă has expressed hope that the new government will be able to start work on Thursday.

“I nominate Nicolae Ciucă to form a government team and to come to the  Parliament for the vote of confidence,” said Iohannis at the Cotroceni Palace.

Iohannis stated that at the end of the consultation that was convened on Monday with the parliamentary parties, a solid majority was formed in the Parliament and that a majority of which the PNL, PSD, UDMR and the minority group are a part of. 

“The citizens expect from us solutions and to have a government program that will be able to implement the decisions for the implementation of National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). It is the first time that in the government program we have a substantial percentage for what it means to carry out an investment project, solutions, as well as social measures. We hope that starting with Thursday, we will be able to start working seriously,” said the appointed prime minister.

The Liberals, UDMR, and the Social Democrats (PSD) said they would install a cabinet on November 25, to fight the deadliest COVID-19 wave since the start of the pandemic.