Muslim, Turkish Sevil Shhaideh set to be Romania’s first female prime minister.
Romania could be headed for its first female prime minister, an economist who is a member of Romania’s small Muslim and Turkish community.
Liviu Dragnea, chairman of Romania’s Social Democratic party, which won the parliamentary election, proposed Wednesday that Sevil Shhaideh take the post of prime minister. The announcement was a surprise because her name is not widely known in Romania.
Shhaideh, 52, is a member of the Social Democratic Party but did not run in the Dec. 1 elections. She was minister for regional development for six months in 2015, and is currently a senior official in the regional development ministry.
President Klaus Iohannis is consulting with political leaders before nominating a prime minister, who Parliament needs to approve. If approved by lawmakers, she would also become the country’s first Muslim prime minister.
Dragnea is banned from being premier because he has a conviction for election fraud.