Romania: Premier-designate presents 27-member Cabinet

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Romania: Premier-designate presents 27-member Cabinet
Romanian Prime Minister designate Viorica Dancila, left, speaks to media next to Social democratic party leader Liviu Dragnea, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Romania's president Klaus Iohannis named Viorica Dancila, a member of the European Parliament and an ally of the ruling Social Democratic Party chairman Liviu Dragnea as the country's the next prime minister and potentially its first female leader.(AP Photo/Octav Ganea)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prime Minister-designate Viorica Dancila has presented her government lineup of 27 ministers as Romania prepares for its third premier in a year.

The left-wing Social Democrat government has faced the largest protests since communism ended over moves to ease off on its anti-corruption fight, but Parliament is expected to approve the government on Monday.

If so, Dancila, who named her Cabinet Friday, will become Romania’s first woman premier. However, her executive powers will be limited and she will serve mainly as an administrator.

Powerful party chairman Liviu Dragnea can’t be premier due to a conviction for vote-rigging but he decides government policy. He’s also being probed for embezzling European Union funds. He denies all wrongdoing.

The Social Democrats dismissed the previous two premiers because they were perceived as failing to toe the party line.