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Sevil Shhaideh is sworn in for the position of minister for regional administration and public administration, in Bucharest, Romania, May 20, 2015. (Inquam Photos/Ovidiu Micsik/via REUTERS)


Romanian president refuses to name Sevil Shhaideh as country’s 1st female Muslim prime minister

By WITW Staff on December 29, 2016

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis has rejected Sevil Shhaideh, the left-wing candidate for prime minister. Shhaideh would have become the country’s first female and Muslim prime minister.

“I have properly analyzed the arguments for and against and I have decided not to accept this proposal,” Klaus Iohannis said on television this week, offering no other explanation behind his decision. “I call on the PSD (Social Democrats) coalition to make another proposal.” Shhaideh is a 52-year-old politician of Turkish origin and part of Romania’s Muslim community, which counts about 65,000 people. She had been proposed by the PSD after the party won 45 percent of the vote in a convincing election victory on December 11. The party had hoped to propose its leader, Liviu Dragnea, as its candidate for prime minister, but he had to withdraw his candidacy because he is serving a suspended two-year sentence for electoral fraud and Iohannis made it clear that he did not want anyone with a criminal record to be nominated. The fact that Shhaideh is a close personal friend to Dragnea and has limited political experience caused many in the opposition to argue that she would be a “puppet” if made prime minister.

Read the full story at Al Jazeera.


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