If no party has a clear majority, namely 50% +1, the President usually calls the parties to negotiations and nominates a Prime Minister. He is not obligated to nominate the party or alliance which wins the highest score. The President can also dissolve the Parliament and call for an election if the MPs refuse at least two times his proposal for Prime Minister. This is one of the powers vested with the President. In the same time, the Parliament can use the constitutional mechanism of suspending the president.
PNL and USR have decided to go with the same Prime Minister proposal, namely the current office holder, Dacian Ciolos. Still, USR points out that they will not engage in discussions with PNL for a possible alliance, but will offer support for a common Prime Minister nomination – Dacian Ciolos.
President Klaus Iohannis already expressed his opinion in the matter of the Prime Minister nominee and declared that he wants to entrust Dacian Ciolos with a second mandate for continuing his projects. UDMR signaled that they would also welcome Ciolos as a nominee, but fell short from an endorsement.
PSD and ALDE alliance does not have an official PM nomination and say they will not announce one before the elections. However, the majority of the voices from PSD support the nomination of the leader`s party, Liviu Dragnea. President Klaus Iohannis firmly rejected this idea, declaring that he would never nominate a convicted person.
At the moment, only one person would fit the profile to be nominated as PM if PSD and ALDE win the elections: the current Deputy PM Vasile Dîncu. He pointed that, although he doesn’t want the position, he might accept it if a party supports him.