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Romania: Veteran leftist Sorin Grindeanu named PM-designate

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Romania: Veteran leftist Sorin Grindeanu named PM-designate

<p>Veteran leftist Sorin Grindeanu has been named Romania’s Prime Minister-designate by President Klaus Iohannis.</p> <p>The former telecommunications minister was proposed for the job on Wednesday by Romania’s Social Democrat party (<span class="caps">PSD</span>), victor of a general election two weeks ago.</p> <p>Grindeanu, 43, is also a mathematician and former deputy mayor of the western city of Timisoara.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">PSD</span>’s first pick to lead the cabinet was Sevil Shhaideh, a close associate of <span class="caps">PSD</span> leader Liviu Dragnea, who was ruled out of the job by his criminal sentence in a 2012 referendum-rigging case. Shhaideh’s nomination was <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/12/27/romania-s-president-rejects-left-s-nominee-for-prime-minister">rejected by the president</a>.</p> <p>Shhaideh would have been Romania’s first female and Muslim prime minister.</p> <p>The Social Democrats were driven out of office in late 2015 by protests against corruption but won this month’s election comfortably. The <span class="caps">PSD</span> and its coalition partner hold 250 of the 465 seats in the two houses of parliament.</p> <p>The party promises a cut in <span class="caps">VAT</span> and a big rise in the minimum wage and welfare spending. It has raised fears that Romania’s budget deficit will rise above the European Union’s ceiling of three percent of <span class="caps">GDP</span>.</p>