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Romania unveils new cabinet
Last Updated: 2017-01-04 00:37 | Xinhua
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The Romanian parliamentary majority on Tuesday announced an enlarged new cabinet.

The list consists of two deputy prime ministers, 24 ministers and 2 ministers-delegate, with the two deputy prime ministers also holding posts of minister.

The coalition cabinet of the Social Democrat Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, led by Social Democrat Sorin Grindeanu, has 4 more members than current technocrat government.

Surprisingly, the new cabinet features eight female ministers, the most ever in all the governments in the Romanian history.

The Social Democrats' leader Liviu Dragnea has characterized the new cabinet as a young one.

The curricula vitae of the cabinet members shows that nearly two-thirds of them were born after 1970. Several were born even after 1980.

The new cabinet also includes Sevil Shhaideh, the muslim woman firstly proposed for the head of government but rejected by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Shhaideh is proposed to hold the role of deputy prime minister and minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds.

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, a junior partner of the coalition, will have four ministers in the news government, with co-chairman of the alliance Daniel Constantin to be designated deputy prime minister, holding also portfolio of environment minister.

Special committees of the Romanian parliament are scheduled to hold hearings on the cabinet list on Wednesday.

Two chambers of the parliament will then gather in a plenary session, at which Prime Minister-designate Grindeanu will present the list of the executive and the governing program for approval.

Analysts believe that the new cabinet could easily win the vote of confidence in the parliament, as the two-party ruling coalition has a comfortable majority and is also backed in the parliament by the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania.

Grindeanu, 43, was appointed on Friday by President Iohannis to form a new government.

In Romania's general elections last month, the Social Democrats won more than 45 percent of the vote. Together with the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals, it has an outright majority of 250 seats in the 465-member parliament.

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