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Romanian president rejects nomination of Muslim woman for PM

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has rejected the country’s prime ministerial nominee, a move that draws strong criticism from the Social Democratic Party or PSD.

Romania was tipped to have its first female and first Muslim prime minister, until the country’s president on Tuesday rejected the Social Democrat Party’s nomination.

The winners of a general election two weeks ago, the PSD is furious with the president, giving a strong reaction at a news conference.

Liviu Dragnea, the PSD leader, said: “This man wants to trigger a political crisis in Romania.”

Ms Shhaideh, who is a member of the country’s Muslim Tartar minority, had been put forward by the Social Democratic Party, which comprehensively won Romania’s election earlier this month with 45 per cent of the vote.

She was nominated by party leader Liviu Dragnea, who would normally have assumed the post himself but is unable to do so because of a conviction for electoral fraud.

Under Romania’s constitution, Mr Dragnea now has the opportunity to nominate one other candidate for prime minister, who must be accepted by the president. If that does not happen, another election will be held.

Before her nomination was rejected, Ms Shhaideh was on course to become the first Muslim leader of an EU country and the first female Romanian prime minister.

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