"For me it's very clear that the Social Democrats have a majority … so I weighed all arguments and decided to name their proposal for premier," said Iohannis.
Dancila is poised to become the EU country's first female prime minister and the third to assume the office in seven months if her nomination receives parliamentary approval. Opposition lawmakers have called for fresh elections, claiming the ruling PSD has been unable to create a stable government.
'Two bad choices'
On Monday, former Prime Minister Tudose was effectively forced to resign by his party after he fell out of favor with PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea, who is barred from running due to a criminal conviction for vote-rigging.
PSD leader Dragnea said on Monday that he "made two bad choices" for premier, but that he wouldn't repeat the "mistake" this time.