Romanian president appoints Liberal Party leader as PM-designate

Romanian president appoints Liberal Party leader as PM-designate
FILE PHOTO: PNL (National Liberal Party) president Ludovic Orban looks on during a press conference held by EPP leaders and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Sibiu, Romania, May 9, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS -
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BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s centrist President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday he has appointed opposition Liberal Party leader Ludovic Orban as prime minister-designate to form a transitional government until a parliamentary election next year.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s centre-left government collapsed this month after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, raising the prospect of a government with limited support from a fragmented opposition.

Orban must put together a cabinet and governing programme which will need to gain parliament’s vote of confidence.

(Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Alison Williams)

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