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Romania Could See First Female Muslim Premier

Romania Could See First Female Muslim PremierRomania Could See First Female Muslim Premier

Romania could have its first female prime minister, an economist who is a member of the country's small Muslim community.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday he would appoint a prime minister designate after Sunday, as he needed time to assess a proposal made by the Social Democrat Party, the winners of a December 11 parliamentary election.

Liviu Dragnea, chairman of PSD, proposed that Sevil Shhaideh take the post of prime minister. The announcement was a surprise because her name is not widely known in Romania, Aljazeera reported.

Shhaideh, 52, is a party member but did not run as a member of parliament in the election. She was the minister for regional development for six months in 2015 and is currently an official in the regional development ministry.

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