March 13, 2020 / 2:11 PM / 19 days ago

Romania president asks interim PM Oran to form government

FILE PHOTO: Romania's Prime Minister Ludovic Orban listens during a panel discussion at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania’s centrist President Klaus Iohannis on Friday asked interim Prime Minister Ludovic Orban to form a government and get a parliamentary vote of confidence as early as Saturday.

“I got assurances from all parties,” Iohannis told reporters after carrying consultations on the phone with political parties. “We aim to have the parliament vote on Saturday.”

Orban said earlier in the day that he and his entire cabinet would quarantine themselves after coming into contact with a senator who was later confirmed to have the coronavirus.

Reporting by Radu Marinas

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