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Surprise Romanian PM Pick Fuels Talk Dragnea Will Be Real Boss

  • Party head Dragnea nominates Shhaideh in talks with president
  • Opposition Liberals say he has ‘obsession to stay in control’
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The leader of Romania’s Social Democrats unexpectedly proposed an ally with little clout for prime minister, stoking talk he’ll try to run the government himself from the sidelines.

Liviu Dragnea, whose party triumphed in this month’s general election, nominated former Regional Development Minister Sevil Shhaideh in a move that would give the nation its first female premier. He can’t take the job himself because of a criminal conviction. The pick suggests Dragnea may want to buy time to overturn the restriction on his own candidacy, according to Andrei Taranu, deputy dean of Bucharest’s Political Science University.