January 16, 2018 / 1:01 PM / a year ago

Romania's ruling Social Democrats pick European MP as new PM

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania’s ruling Social Democrats (PSD) proposed European MP Viorica Dancila for new prime minister on Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the party’s leadership, party officials said.

PSD member Dancila, 54, is a close ally of powerful PSD leader Liviu Dragnea and is a vice-chair of the European parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

“We voted unanimously for her. This candidacy we propose cannot be refused by the president, we wanted a person with European exposure,” a PSD leader told Reuters by telephone.

Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Catherine Evans

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