Lesser known former Regional Development Minister Sevil Shhaideh has been proposed as Romania's first woman prime minister, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) stated.
The Social Democrats won parliamentary elections on December 11 but missed outright majority by a whisker. The party is set to form coalition with allies such as the small liberal party ALDE.
Liviu Dragnea, Chairman of Romania's Social Democratic party, proposed her name on Wednesday. The announcement was a surprise because her name is not widely known in Romania.
Liviu Dragnea himself was unable to become prime minister because of a conviction in connection with election manipulation. Under Romanian law, a convicted person is barred from high government positions.
Shhaideh, 52, is a party member but did not run as a lawmaker in the election. She was the Minister for Regional Development for six months in 2015, and is just an official in the Regional Development Ministry at present.
Dragnea who calls his conviction unjust is expected to have significant influence over a government headed by Shhaideh.
"If appointed, she would be prime minister, but the political responsibility stays with me first of all," Dragnea said. The decision was hailed by praised in many corners of the country owing to Shhaideh's reputation as an effecient administrator.
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