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UPDATE 1 - Romania's president endorses interim ministers of justice, diaspora, EU funds

UPDATE 1 - Romania's president endorses interim ministers of justice, diaspora, EU funds Romania's president Klaus Iohannis

BUCHAREST (Romania), April 24 (SeeNews) - Romania's president Klaus Iohannis has signed decrees for appointing interim cabinet ministers in charge of the justice, diaspora and EU funds portfolios proposed by the Social Democrat government, the president's office said on Wednesday.

Ana Birchall will be interim minister of justice, replacing Tudorel Toader who said last week he would resign, the president's office announced in a press release.

Radu Oprea will be appointed as interim minister in charge of the diaspora.

Finance minister Eugen Teodorovici was named as interim EU funds minister.

Oprea and Teodorovici are to replace incumbents running for members of the European Parliament.

On Tuesday evening, prime minister Viorica Dancila sent Iohannis the three nominations after the head of state refused to endorse the initial proposals.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iohannis refused to endorse Eugen Nicolicea as minister of justice, Liviu Brailoiu as minister in charge of the diaspora, and Oana Florea as EU funds minister, describing them as "inappropriate" for the jobs. Instead, the president asked the prime minister to come up with different nominations for the three portfolios, or propose interim ministers until the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) names acceptable candidates.

On Thursday, justice minister Tudorel Toader announced his resignation after losing the support of PSD. 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.