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Romania's president refuses to endorse new justice, diaspora, EU funds ministers

Romania's president refuses to endorse new justice, diaspora, EU funds ministers Romania's president Klaus Iohannis

BUCHAREST (Romania), April 23 (SeeNews) - Romanian president Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday he will not endorse the ministers for justice, the diaspora and EU funds proposed by the ruling social democratic party, PSD, describing them as "inappropriate".

PSD has named Eugen Nicolicea as minister of justice, to replace Tudorel Toader who said last week he will resign, Liviu Brailoiu as minister in charge of the diaspora, and Oana Florea as EU funds minister. Brailoiu and Florea are to replace ministers running for members of the European parliament.

"I had a telephone conversation with the prime minister and I asked her to come up with different nominations for the three portfolios, or propose interim ministers until PSD names acceptable candidates. She said she would think about it and suggest a solution," the president said in a televised statement broadcast on local TV station Digi 24.

On Thursday, justice minister Tudorel Toader announced his resignation after losing PSD's support. Toader, a technocrat, has been repeatedly criticised by PSD leader Liviu Dragnea and other MPs for refusing to move forth with an emergency decree granting amnesty for some corruption offences.

Toader said he will remain in office to ensure continuity at the justice ministry until the name of his successor is published in the Official Gazette.

 

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