Romania's President Calls for Prime Minister's Resignation Over Jerusalem Embassy Move

The president says that the PM is 'not up for the job'' after failing to inform him about a proposal to move the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Israeli President Rueven Rivli, right shakes hands with Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, during their meeting, in Jerusalem April 26, 2018.
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Romania's president has called on the prime minister to resign, saying she is unfit for the job.

President Klaus Iohannis said Friday that Viorica Dancila "is not up for the job of Romanian prime minister," three months after she became Romania's first female premier this January.

He said that she "prefers to execute party orders" and represented "a vulnerability" for Romania, accusing her of failing to inform him over a unilateral government proposal to relocate Romania's embassy to Jerusalem.

Iohannis is in charge of foreign policy and would make a final decision on the embassy. He doesn't have the authority to fire Dancila, but his request will put pressure on the government.

Iohannis summoned Dancila for a meeting, but she said she wouldn't go.

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila submitted a draft resolution to the cabinet that would move the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The proposal now depends on the approval of ministers.

Meanwhile, the speaker of the Romanian parliament stated in an interview to the Romanian media that the country intends to move its embassy. The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem is awaiting official updates from Bucharest.

The country's president, Klaus Iohannis, said he is opposed to the government's plan to move the embassy, however. Iohannis said the prime minister had not consulted him and that such a move could only occur at the end of a regional peace process.