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Sevil Shhaideh likely to be Romania's first Muslim, first female Prime Minister
Thursday December 22, 2016 7:44 PM, IINA

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Romania could be headed for its first female prime minister, an economist who is a member of Romania's small Muslim community, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Liviu Dragnea, chairman of Romania's Social Democratic party, which won the Dec. 11 parliamentary election, proposed Wednesday that Sevil Shhaideh take the post of prime minister.

Shhaideh, 52, is a party member but did not run as a lawmaker in the election. She was the minister for regional development for six months in 2015, and is currently an official in the regional development ministry.

President Klaus Iohannis is consulting with political leaders before nominating a prime minister, whom parliament needs to approve. If approved, she would become the country's first Muslim prime minister.

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