Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has rejected the Muslim prime ministerial candidate, Sevil Shhaideh (below), nominated by the left-of-centre Social Democrats (PSD).
BBC Shhaideh would have been Romania’s first female and Muslim prime minister. President Iohannis has given no reasons for his decision. But analysts say her Syrian husband’s radical Islamic background may also have been a factor as well as her lacking in political experience, only serving once as a regional minister.
In response, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea said his party might consider trying to impeach Mr Iohannis. He said there was no constitutional reason for refusing Ms Shhaideh, and accused Mr Iohannis of wanting “to start a political crisis”. Political commentators have speculated that Ms Shhaideh Syrian-born husband may have been considered a security risk.