Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned yesterday (January 15), following a tense Executive Committee meeting that lasted for up to five hours and ended after 21.00. PSD's Executive Committee (CEx) largely opted for withdrawing Mihai Tudose's political support, with 59 votes in favor, 4 votes against and 4 abstentions. PSD's branch leaders presented a united front against Tudose, with only four of them to vote in favor of the soon-to-be ex-PM. At the end of the Executive Committee, Tudose announced his resignation from the PM position, stating that he is leaving office "holding his head up".
The next day, President Klaus Iohannis appointed Minister of Defense Mihai Fifor interim-PM, whom he preferred to Dragnea's proposal, Deputy PM Paul Stănescu. Iohannis also announced negotiations with political parties over the appointment of the next PM for Wednesday, January 17. Calling for consultations on short notice indicates that Iohannis is committed to resolving the matter in a timely matter. Iohannis also argued that political instability has economic repercussions, which he would like to avoid. His statement may very well indicate that the president is not going to refuse appointing another SocDem PM, as this solution would be the easiest way out of this situation, both for him, and for PSD. Iohannis' decision to appoint DefMin Mihai Fifor interim-PM may very well indicate that Fifor holds best chances to become Romania's next PM.
Political sources (13:30) confirmed that the PSD Executive Committee voted for MEP Viorica Dăncilă. The member of the European Parliament is PSD’s proposal for the position of PM and will be presented at tomorrow’s talks at the Cotroceni Palace.
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