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Iohannis: I intend to convene new Parliament on December 21

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Monday, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, that he will convene the new Parliament in a week's time.

"Given that the Central Electoral Bureau has communicated the final results of the parliamentary elections, the conditions for convening the new Parliament are now met and I can inform you that I intend to convene the new Parliament on December 21, next week. The new Parliament will constitute on Monday," said the head of state.


After the first round of consultations with representatives of the parties and political formations represented in Parliament, Iohannis said that the conditions for designating a candidate to the prime minister office have not been met yet.

"This first round of consultations has led to a good opinion exchange between the representatives of these formations and myself, nonetheless I can tell you that today the conditions for designating a candidate to form a new government have not been met yet," the head of state said in a press statement at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

According to the President, at least one more round of consultations is needed.

"Today I even received a few proposals [for prime minister], however I believe at least one more round of consultations is needed until things crystallize," Iohannis said.

President Iohannis on Monday had consultations with representatives of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Save Romania Union - the Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS) Alliance, the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR), the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and those of the national minorities represented in Parliament.


The political parties to be represented in the future Parliament have had consultations at Cotroceni Palace with President Klaus Ioahnnis on Monday. PSD representatives were the first to go, proposing Alexandru Rafila as PM and a national union government.


PNL, USR-PLUS and UDMR, the three parties expected to form a centre right-wing coalition are yet still divided over the main state positions. If Liberals proposed FinMin Florin Citu as PM and want the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies for their party chair, Ludovic Orban, USR-PLUS proposed Dacian Ciolos as PM and also want the Chamber speaker seat for Dan Barna.