SEVIL SHHAIDEH NAMED AS DEPUTY PREMIER IN ROMANIA




By Nuran YILDIRIM - TDO - After its poll victory on December 11 when it won 45 percent of the vote, Romanian Social Democratic Party nominated a Muslim Tatar Turk, Sevil Shhaideh as the nation’s new prime minister. Nevertheless, the president Klaus Iohannis turned down the first female candidate and resigned Sorin Grindeanu as prime minister.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis called on the PSD to propose a new name for prime minister after the rejection of Sevil Shhaideh, the first woman and Muslim Tatar Turk nominated as the prime minister by Social Democratic Party. In this context, Sorin Grindeanu, the second name suggested by the PSD, was appointed as the prime minister.

Having named as prime minister of Romania, Sorin Grindean, former mayor of Timisoara and minister of communication and telecommunication, announced the members of the cabinet to the public.

The nomination provided an end to the political crises that occurred as a result of the rejection of Sevil Shhaideh in the country. The rejection of the Muslim Tatar Turks Shhaideh by the President has brought some claims in the country. While the president offered no reasons for his rejection of Shhaideh, it was stated that her Muslim faith is not thought to have been the problem, but the focus may have been on her Syrian husband.

According to the Guardian, Shheidah's husband, whom he married in 2011 and worked in the Syrian agriculture ministry for 20 years before he immigrated to Romania. He is also a supporter for the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and for the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah. He then gained citizenship in 2015 and worked as a consultant in the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture.

If Sevil Shhaideh was approved by President Iohannis, she would be the first female, Muslim and Tatar Turk prime minister of Romania. However, while Grindeanu was considered a 'better solution', Sevil Shhaideh was appointed as deputy premier and Minister of Regional Development to the new cabinet.

In Romania, the country with the highest growth rate among European Union member countries on an annual basis, the new government is expected to fight the problem of corruption in the country.

Since the Anti-Corruption Authority launched a criminal investigation against the former Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Romania last year. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis appealed for Ponta's resignation, but former Prime Minister Ponta rejected the President's request, stating that the prime minister is appointed by parliament and only parliament could take him out of office.

In this context, the rule of the Social Democratic Party, which won the people's support in Romania with the promise of increased economic security and social spending, is expected to be closely watched by Romania's European Union partners since PSD is considered to be weak regarding corruption.