Ex-Transport minister Radu Berceanu, a Democrat, and Senator Norica Nicolai were named deputy speakers of the Romanian Senate on Thursday following a vote on their nominations by their parties, the Democrats (PD) and the Liberals (PNL) respectively.

The seats remained vacant after Teodor Melescanu, a Liberal, was named Defense minister in the government reshuffle last week and Alexandru Peres, a Democrat, had resigned.