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Romania: Prime Minister resigns after electoral setback

An interim head of government will soon be appointed by the president, pending the outcome of negotiations to form a new coalition.

Lhe Romanian liberal Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced his resignation on Monday evening, the day after the disappointing results of his training in the legislative elections against a background of criticized management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I have decided today to submit my resignation,” he declared on television after an interview with the head of state Klaus Iohannis.

“My resignation has a specific purpose: to allow the launch of negotiations for the formation of the future government”, added Mr. Orban.

The pro-European liberals, who came in second with 25% of the vote, behind the Social Democrats (30%), should however remain in power by uniting with smaller parties.

Mr Orban, 57, was appointed Prime Minister in November 2019, following a motion of censure that overthrew the Social Democratic government.

Criticisms of the President

According to the media, the president blamed him on Monday for the modest score achieved in the legislative elections and the mismanagement of the pandemic.

An interim head of government will soon be appointed by the president, pending the outcome of negotiations to form a new coalition.

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