Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu said on Wednesday that he would take over temporarily the duties of the Foreign minister as he and President Traian Basescu have failed to agree for a new nomination for the job after minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu resigned earlier this year.
Tariceanu’s decision comes as the head of state has refused to sign a decree to name Liberal politician Adrian Cioroianu as Foreign minister as he considered him inexperienced for the job. Tariceanu said he maintained his nomination despite Basescu’s disagreement, thus creating an apparently unbreakable constitutional loop.
Ungureanu, who had been involved in a couple of disputes with Tariceanu over the past year, was forced to resign in early 2007 after he failed to inform the prime minister over the fate of two Romanian workers retained by US troops in Iraq.
Tariceanu said he would not nominate anybody else but Cioroianu for the Foreign Ministry job and claimed the President was the only one to disagree with the nomination.