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Romania’s President rejects Social Democrats’ Muslim candi­date as PM

by on December 28, 2016
 

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.

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