President delays nomination of first female Muslim leader
BUCHAREST | Romania’s president said Thursday he needs more time to nominate a new prime minister, delaying the confirmation in office of the country’s first female Muslim premier amid signs of unease.
The Social Democrats, winners of the Dec. 11 elections, on Wednesday proposed economist Sevil Shhaideh, a little-known former minister who has not spoken or appeared publicly since she was proposed.
President Klaus Iohannis had been expected to give official support to that nomination Thursday. Lawmakers then must approve the nomination.
Mr. Iohannis announced he will delay any announcement until after Christmas. He did not explain why.
Ms. Shhaideh, 52, served as Romania’s regional development minister last year.