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Ludovic Orban nominated to be Romania's PM

posted onOctober 16, 2019

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday (Oct. 15) designated  the leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban as Prime Minister, following the fall of the cabinet led by Viorica Dancila. 

Orban, 56, has been the head of PNL since 2017 and was also the initiator of the no-confidence motion against the PSD Government of Dancila. 

"After the consultations with the parliamentary political parties and the parliamentary political formations, I have come to the conclusion I also shared after the first round of consultations: a government is taking shape around PNL. I repeat what I said then: PNL was the only party that came right out to the consultations and said that they are willing, even if it is very difficult, to assume government in this transition period, because we are talking about a transition period. (...) I have thus decided to designate the next prime minister of Romania, namely Mr Ludovic Orban, the PNL Chairman, the leader of the largest opposition party, the main promoter of the censure motion. This is the right democratic way, this is the way it will happen," said the head of state at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace. 

Orban has 10 days from receiving President Klaus Iohannis’ mandate to draw up the list with his Cabinet members and the governing programme and build support in the Romanian Parliament, which must vote on whether to approve his proposed government. 

After the announcement of his designation, Orban presented the main priorities of the government, starting with restoring the macroeconomic balances and “correcting the economic measures that hit the business environment and affected millions of employees in the private sector”.

“We also aim to follow all the principles of the rule of law, ensure real independence for the justice system, and bring institutions back to serving citizens,” he said.

Orban joined the PNL in the early 1990s.  Between 1997 and 2001 he held a series of government and agency positions. He was Deputy Mayor of Bucharest from July 2004 to April 2007 and Minister of Transport from April 2007 to December 2008. He was also a member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies for Bucharest from 2008 to 2016. 

UPDATE 17/10/2019

Orban told the Parliament on Thursday that he will respect the constitutional deadline for submitting the list of ministers and the governing program. 

“We will respect the constitutional deadline, at the end of the second round of negotiations we will forward to Parliament the list of ministers and the governing program, what comes next is no longer up to us” Agerpres quoted Orban as saying.

UPDATE 06/11/2019

The Romanian parliament endorsed the cabinet headed by Orban on Monday (Nov. 4). The members of the Orban government took the oath of office at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace before President Klaus Iohannis. The Orban government will meet for its first meeting today. 

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