Romanian president proposes army general as prime minister

With Romania trapped in political deadlock, President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday asked Nicolae Ciucă, the country’s interim defense minister, to form the next government.

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“Ciucă is an exceptional military man….who went into war theaters,” Hunor said, referring to the nominee’s participation in NATO and U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia. “On the political side there’s a problem because it is not very usual – in the last 50-60 years, in democratic countries no soldier has led the government.”