Romanian Social Democrat Leader Urges PM-Designate To Refuse Govt Leadership

Romanian social democrat leader Mircea Geoana said Tuesday social democrats, liberals, the Hungarian minority party and the group of national minorities asked designated Prime Minister Lucian Croitoru to refuse the position of prime minister and not enter a political game that is out of his league.

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Romanian Social Democrat Leader Urges PM-Designate To Refuse Govt Leadership

Geoana said social democrats, liberals, the Hungarian minority party and the groups for national minorities told Croitoru in a meeting Tuesday that he doesn't have a parliament majority to endorse him as prime minister and the four political parties continue to back Sibiu mayor Klaus Johannis for this position, adding Croitoru had better refuse the position of prime minister.

Geoana added the leaders of the parties that back Johannis for prime minister will address President Traian Basescu a letter asking him to resume consultations and withdraw Croitoru's appointment.

Geoana refused to participate in the consultations initiated by Basescu after the Government led by Emil Boc was overthrown in a no-confidence vote.

Croitoru had a meeting of about half an hour Tuesday with social democrats, liberals, conservatives, the Hungarian minority party and the group for national minorities which hold together a majority of over 65% in Parliament and refuse to endorse him.

Asked whether he would refuse the position of prime minister, as opposition parties suggested he should, Croitoru declined to comment.

Asked to comment upon how the political situation in Romania is regarded outside the country, Croitoru said things get more complicated as the forming of a new government is delayed, adding the IMF assessment mission will arrive only after a new Government is in place.

The IMF and the World Bank have both announced their assessment missions will arrive in Romania only after a new government is in place and analysts believe the international institutions may delay additional disbursements of a nearly EUR20 billion bailout loan Romania had to secure in spring to fight a deepening recession.

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