Political crisis in Romania

Sevil Shhaideh was going to make history by becoming Romania’s first Muslim and first female prime minister. Ms. Shhaideh was nominated to become prime minister by the Partidul Social Democrat (PSD), the party that decisively won legislative elections earlier this month and by its junior coalition partner, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE). But Romania’s president, Klaus Johannis, refused Ms. Shhaideh’s nomination, without giving a clear reason why she was an unacceptable choice to lead the country’s government. While some wondered if Islamophobia played a role in her rejection, Hunor Kelemen, leader of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ)–which won 6.19% of the popular vote–suggested that the problem is not with Ms. Shhaideh, but with her husband. Akram Shhaideh is originally from Syria and he is a prominent businessman. He is also a staunch supporter of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

“If someone’s candidacy raises questions of national security or impacts our relationship with our NATO allies, then things start to look different,” said Mr. Kelemen.

Sevil Shhaideh. Photo: MTI / Balázs Mohai.

Sevil Shhaideh. Photo: MTI / Balázs Mohai.

The 52-year old Ms. Shhaideh, born Sevil Cambek in the seaside city of Constanța to Turkish and Tatar parents, served as a cabinet minister (in charge of regional development) and has a long history in Romania’s civil service. Her husband’s outspoken views on Syrian President Assad, as well as his strong criticism of the rebels and of opponents of the Syrian regime, however, are a problem for many in Romania. The fact that Mr. Shhaideh is a former director general in President Assad’s civil sevice, having left his post only six years ago, further exacerbates concerns in Romanian circles. Mr. Shhaideh has referred to Hezbollah as representatives of a “Holy War.” He also declared the following in an online comment: “Only God, Syria and Bassar!”

Liviu Dragnea, leader the PSD, was furious that Klaus Johannis rejected his party’s choice for prime minister. Initially, Mr. Dragnea had himself hoped to lead the government, but Mr. Johannis indicated that he too would be rejected, after a court determined that he was guilty of having attempted to rig an earlier election and was handed down a conditional prison sentence. Mr. Dragnea has the option of nominating someone else to serve as prime minister, although the PSD had previously pledged that Ms. Shhaideh was their final choice. He also suggested that suspending President Johannis is an option too.

Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, co-president of the ALDE party and Mr. Dragnea’s coalition partner, suggested that the president was trying to spark a “political war.” He also accused the conservative-liberal president of not wanting to allow the left to govern.

The incoming left-centre coalition now has only a day or two to mull its options, as Romania enters a period of uncertainty.


  1. “…becoming Romania’s first Muslim and first female prime minister…”

    Why, does any Muslim state have female Christian prime minister of Romanian origin?

    “…. While some wondered if Islamophobia played a role in her rejection…”

    No, it’s impossible, it’s a conspiracy theory, Europe has already proved their love and support for Muslims. Accepted millions of them, Germany alone 1.5 million, they granted no-go zones for them, allowed them to build mosques, and Muslim welfare centers, practice their religion and Sharia law in the no-go zones. It’s a clear case of conspiracy theory.

    I myself being a big fan of multiculture I hope this European dream will come to true and Muslim states will have female Christian prime ministers of Romanian origin, we can build Catholic churches in their country, we can walk with our women wearing miniskirt and we can smoke and drink coffee and alcoholic beverages in their countries, we can establish our Christian no-go zones there, gays can demonstrate their gay pride days without Muslims throwing them down to their death from the roof in their Muslim countries.

    But how could we make them accept this great and beautiful multiculture in Muslim states when they are unable to accept it and adjust themselves to it even in our very own homeland where they are seeking refugee.

    So viva multiculture, I hope multiculture will overcome they will be our friends and will give up their Europhobia, Christophobia, and they beloved Taharrush game, stoning raped women to death and mutilating petty criminals.

    Therefore kudos for everyone promoting multiculture for a brighter Brave New World.

    Meanwhile, until they are willing to do so, I believe we should show even more sympathy and understanding toward them Muslims, and stop forcing this multicultural project down people throat.

    Muslims really deserve more understanding and if so we should not exclude the native European populace from this big game of empathy, just to avoid even the appearance of partiality as it would destroy true friendship between Christians and Moslims and would hinder the full development of multiculture.

  2. Richard,
    Where did you copy this from? Can i have the link?

    • It’s not a copy you malicious human genetic fallout who cannot leave any comments or commenters without your insults, but if you think it is a copy then do it yourself and pull the cursor over any of my sentences and right click and search Google. Just to find the original text. Idiot. Think before opening your mouth.

      Now, you against even a comment that is asking for more empathy for the Muslims, you Islamophobe the enemy of multiculture, you conspiracy theorist, you xenophobe racist. How dare you mock and sarcastically taunt me asking for understanding and empathy for the Muslims.

      Multiculture is the future, even Jews and Muslims will love each other and will dance together and so will you and you will bow before Allah or they will do to you what you deserve by the Koran.

      The future is here.

  3. “And bullshit makes the garden grow” .. why would Romania want such a leader anyway??

  4. Living in Budapest, I always wake up by thinking Auschwitz may happen again.

  5. Auschwitz may happen again. Beware!

  6. Dolittle on December 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    They’ve been here for long time.

    “Megsemmisítő FEMA táborok Magyarországon…

    A FEMA több mint 900 táborral rendelkezik Amerikában, és szinte hihetetlen felfogni, hogy Magyarországon is tudatosan, lassan egy évtizede építenek ilyen intézményeket. Az egyiket épp a palotai szemétégető mellett, filmstúdiónak álcázva.”


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