Socialist-democrat Sorin Grindeanu was on 30th
Dec 2016 named as the PM of Romania.
Romanian president Klaus Iohannis signed the official decree naming Grindeanu as the new Prime Minister.
Iohannis turned down the appointment of Sevil Shhaideh, an economist who could have been the first female Muslim PM of Romania.
Grindeanu will now face the confidence vote in the Romanian Parliament on his programme and cabinet nominees.
Once the appointment has been approved, 10 days will be given to name the government ministers.
The appointment of Sorin Grindeanu as the Prime Minister will now put an end to a political crisis that was sparked by the Iohannis's rejection of Sevil Shhaideh as the Prime Minister.
The president offered no reasons for his rejection of Shhaideh.
Shhaideh's husband worked in the Syrian Agriculture Ministry for 20 years before emigrating to Romania in 2011.
Shhaideh's name was proposed by the Social Democratic Party after its thumping poll victory on in December 2016 elections when it won 45 percent of the vote that was enough to form a majority coalition with its partners The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE).Know More About Sorin Grindeanu
- Grindeanu is a member of the Social Democratic Party which has won the Dec 2016 elections.
- He is also the Chairman of the Timis county council.
- Grindeanu is seen in Romania as a disciplined soldier within the Social Democratic Party ranks and has joined the party when he was young for his Leftist convictions.
- Graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics in Timirsoara West University in 1997 and served as the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society in Victor Ponta's cabinet.