You can thank the Islam-compliant Left for this. Romania is set to appoint a Muslim and a woman as prime minister for the first time in its history, with the nomination of Sevil Shhaideh, a little-known member of the Muslim Tartar minority.
Independent (h/t Siddharth) The centre-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) led by Liviu Dragnea took 45 per cent of the vote on election day in 11 December, double any other party’s share.
It is now forming a new government in coalition with a smaller liberal partner. But Mr Dragnea, who as party chief would normally be appointed to become Prime Minister, was found guilty of electoral fraud and given two years’ suspended sentence in April. So his party chose Ms Shhaideh, who was a minor minister for just six months in a previous government.
Only 0.3 per cent of Romanians are Muslims. Ms Shhaideh is not only a member of the tiny Sunni population which has persevered for seven centuries on the coast of the Black Sea, but is married to a Syrian, and she and her husband own properties in the war-torn country.
Public will in Romania is strongly against mandatory EU quotas of refugees fleeing the Syrian war, particularly if they are enforced without Romania itself being allowed into the Schengen free-movement area.