Romanian technocrat PM wants to stay on

"Enriched by the experience gained this year, I think that the changes under way should continue," Ciolos, 47, said in his announcement on social media late Monday.

Romanian technocrat PM wants to stay on

World Bulletin / News Desk

Romania's technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has said that he wants to stay in office after elections on December 11 but remain an independent.

Ciolos became premier last November heading a technocrat government after predecessor Victor Ponta resigned following a deadly blaze in a nightclub that killed 64 people.

The announcement by Ciolos, a former EU agriculture commissioner who has high approval ratings, ended months of uncertainty about his the intentions.

But he said he would not stand as a lawmaker in the election or be affiliated to any of Romania's bickering political parties.

Instead he published a platform outlining his core political principles and aims. More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition expressing their support.

The two main centre-right parties, the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Save Romania Union (USR), have already said that they would put forward Ciolos as premier if they win the election.

Polls suggest that these two parties will win some 40 percent of the vote between them, behind the Social Democrats (PSD) and their allies the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) on 45 percent.

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