Pres­i­dent de­lays nom­i­na­tion of first fe­male Mus­lim leader

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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.

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