Prime Minister Viorica Dancila sent President Klaus Iohannis the nominations for the portfolios of domestic affairs and foreign affairs, which became vacant following the replacement of former holders this week. Nicolae Moga (PSD), member of the Romania Senat on his third term, was proposed to head the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Ramona Manescu (ALDE), a former EMP (2007 -2019) was proposed for the post of Foreign Affairs Minister. Mihai Fifor (PSD), member of the Romania Senate and general secretary of the Social Democratic Party, was proposed for the position of Deputy Prime Minister for Strategic Partnerships, currently held interim by the Minister of Justice Ana Birchall (EN)
According to the new Administrative Code recently adopted by Government through Emergency Ordinance, President Klaus Iohannis has 10 days to announce whether he approves or rejects any of the nominees. He also may reject only the first nomination for a ministerial position. If the President do not respect the 10 days term, the Government may ask the Constitutional Court to settle the dispute – which may only further delay the entire process.
It is possible that other ministers will be changed in the next period, once the PM will finalize the formal evaluation process of each minister activity. If President Iohannis will delay the appointment of the aforementioned nominees for the vacant ministerial portfolios, the PM/PSD leadership may decide to not dismiss other ministers until a final resolution on the current reshuffle will be reached.
On a different coordinate, Alliance 2020 - USR+PLUS announced that it will support USR President Dan Barna in this November electoral race for Romania Presidency. PLUS president Dacian Ciolos, will be endorsed by the Alliance for the PM position (EN). The coming week will offer more indications on the strategy that will be followed by the main governing party, PSD, on this topic. The party leadership will nominate the social democrat candidate on Tuesday and on August 3, the decision will be validated during an extraordinary congress of the party (EN). For now, the PSD chairman and prime minister, Viorica Dancila and the mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea, seem to be the main internal contenders. By announcing her intention to run for Romania presidency, despite Viorica Dancila agenda on this matter, Gabriela Firea is questioning Viorica Dancila authority in the party. The acting mayor of Bucharest may force a political rupture with the party leadership so as to position as an independent candidate (either for Romania Presidency or for a new mandate at the Bucharest City Hall). A final decision on the PSD candidate will also be made in the light of the outcome of the talks with the leaders of ALDE and Pro Romania.
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