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Romania’s first female, Muslim prime minister rejected https://t.co/iAXEP3se76

Romania’s first female, Muslim prime minister rejected https://t.co/iAXEP3se76

BUCHAREST — Romania’s president sparked fresh political turmoil Tuesday (Dec 27) after rejecting a proposal by the election-winning leftist party to name the EU country’s first female and first Muslim prime minister. Mr Klaus Iohannis gave no reasons for his rejection of Ms Sevil Shhaideh, put forward by the Social Democrats (PSD), but there was speculation that it may be due to her Syrian husband’s background. “I have properly analysed the arguments for and against and I have decided not to accept this proposal,” the president told reporters in a televised statement. “I call on the PSD coalition to make another proposal,” Mr Iohannis said. The PSD had suggested the previously little-known Shhaideh, 52, after its thumping poll victory on December 11 when it won 45 per cent of the vote. The leader of the PSD, Liviu Dragnea, had withdrawn his own bid to become prime minister...

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