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Romanian president calls for an economist as PM

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Romania’s president is continuing consultative talks with party leaders to find a caretaker prime minister after the country’s government fell on Tuesday. President Traian Basescu says he would prefer an experienced economist in the post.

But opposition parties have come up with Klaus Johannis who is known more for his managerial skills. Basescu wants more names in the hat – and soon. Political analyst, Stelian Tanase said: “On November 22 and December 6, if we go to a second round, we will have presidential elections, so President Traian Basescu, who is one of the protagonists in this race, is directly interested. He will make decisions based around his own interests, not the interests of Romanian society.” Earlier Basescu rejected another opposition proposal of forming a government of technocrats. The attraction of Klaus Johannis is that he is relatively removed from the political infighting which has polarised the main parties. The current crisis has also sparked concerns over Romania’s ability to meet conditions for an aid package from the International Monetary Fund.