Romania's nominated new PM tries to form government

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Posted: Feb 07, 2012 11:49 AM
Romania's nominated new PM tries to form government

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's designated new prime minister, Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, will probably unveil his proposed new government on Tuesday after talks with the ruling coalition, which party members said were going smoothly.

The 43-year-old head of the foreign intelligence service was nominated to replace Emil Boc, who resigned after protests against austerity measures taken under an International Monetary Fund-led aid deal, and has to put a proposed cabinet and policies to parliament for approval by late next week.

A senior member of ruling Democrat-Liberal Party (PDL) told Reuters the division of posts between the three coalition partners - PDL, an ethnic Hungarian party and a group of independents - would not change and some ministers would remain.

"We do hope and expect a cabinet lineup will be unveiled today," said Cristian Radulescu, leader of the Senate's PDL group. "There will be ministers from the old government in the new one."

A historian and former foreign minister, Ungureanu was nominated by President Traian Basescu and pledged to continue Boc's economic reforms and work with the International Monetary Fund.

He is expected to have enough backing to seal parliament's backing using Boc's centrist coalition, which has a small but functioning majority.

Boc has joined a list of European leaders felled by popular fury at spending cuts to maintain a vital, IMF-led aid deal.

"The coalition's goal is to have a government by Thursday if no accident happens," said Boc, who has retained his position as leader of the PDL for now.

(Reporting by Radu Marinas)