Dacian Ciolos, the leader of USR, the reformist party, was designated as Prime Minister to form the new Government. The nomination was made by Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis after consultation with the Parliamentary parties on Monday, October 11th.
Dacian Ciolos is the new leader of USR. He won the internal elections and replaced Dan Barna, the former leader of the reformist alliance USR-PLUS.
Dacian Ciolos is not at his first designation as Prime Minister. From 2015 to 2017 he was Prime Minister in a technocrat cabinet after the political class temporarily stepped back and let the technocrats rule the country. The experiment was not a successful one, though, and the technocrats failed to make the necessary reforms or to bring the economic prosperity that people hoped for.
Ciolos has 10 days to have negotiations with the other political parties in an attempt to form a majority. Political pundits expect him to fail. Neither PNL – National Liberal Party, nor PSD – Social Democratic Party, would support a government negotiated by USR.
If Dacian Ciolos fails to form the desired majority, the President has to make another nomination.
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