Romania’s president has rejected the left-wing Social Democrats’ candidate for Prime Minister, Sevil Shhaideh, who would have been the EU nation’s first female and Muslim prime minister.
Klaus Iohannis has not elaborated on his reason to reject the candidacy of Shhaideh, a 52-year-old politician of Turkish origin who comes from Romania’s 65,000- strong Muslim community.
“I have properly analysed the arguments for and against and I have decided not to accept this proposal,” Klaus Iohannis said in a televised statement on Tuesday.
“I call on the PSD coalition to make another proposal.”
The PSD, which has yet to comment on the issue, had put forward Shhaideh after its sweeping election victory on December 11 when it won 45 percent of the vote.