Romanian President Reappoints Foe Ponta as PM

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 15:44
Bulgaria: Romanian President Reappoints Foe Ponta as PM Romanian President Traian Basescu on Monday reappointed his political rival Victor Ponta (pictured) as Prime Minister. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Romanian President Traian Basescu on Monday reappointed his political rival Victor Ponta as Prime Minister.

"Noting that political parties called in for talks on Monday came with a single proposal for the new prime minister, President Traian Basescu has named Victor Ponta as designated premier", said a presidency press release, as cited by international media.

The move is expected to ease concerns over Romania's political stability.

Ponta's Social Liberal Union won the December 9 parliamentary polls with 60% of the vote, well ahead of the centre-right alliance supported by Basescu.

Rumors suggested that might nominate someone else from the Social Liberal Union in an attempt to split the alliance of leftists, liberals and conservatives.

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