Politics in Romania have been turned upside down, after the surprise resignation of the candidate for Prime Minister.
The centrist Democrat Liberal Party narrowly won last month’s election, just beating the leftist Social Democrats, with whom they have agreed to form a coalition.
Party leader Emil Boc proposed the economist Thodor Stolojan as Prime Minister, but Stolojan has now decided not to pursue the idea.
Stolojan gave no reason for declining the post, saying simply that more guarentees were needed about the make-up of the new government.
He will be replaced as candidate for premier by his leader Boc. Romanian President Traian Basescu has the legal right to appoint the prime minister, but his close ties to Boc suggest that will be a formality.