Romania’s president has moved swiftly to fill the void left by the surprise resignation of its prime minister-designate, by nominating a close political ally. The leader of the Democrat-Liberals, Emil Boc, is now expected to take on the job, after agreeing a coalition with the Social Democrats.
Boc’s party collegue Theodor Stolojan had been put forward for the post, but in an about-turn, declined the position. He refused to say why, saying simply more guarantees were needed about the makeup of the coalition. President Traian Basescu has the legal right to name Romania’s prime minister, and wants his protege Boc. “My decision is to trust this mandate to a member of the Democrat-Liberals, the party with the most seats in parliament,” he said. Boc is close to the president, but must force through unpopular economic reforms while his mentor prepares for re-election next year.