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Romania's Parliament to vote on left-leaning government

  • FILE - In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Sevil Shhaideh, 52, stands at the Romanian presidency before being sworn in as regional development minister in Bucharest, Romania. Shhaideh, who had been poised to become the country's first female and Muslim prime minister was offered a job as deputy premier Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 after the country's president declined to nominate her for the top government job.  (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, file)

    FILE - In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Sevil Shhaideh, 52, stands at the Romanian presidency before being sworn in as regional development minister in Bucharest, Romania. Shhaideh, who had been poised to become the country's first female and Muslim prime minister was offered a job as deputy premier Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 after the country's president declined to nominate her for the top government job. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • Romanian Prime Minister designate Sorin Grindeanu waits before a parliament session, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Grindeanu said Wednesday he wants to stop thousands of Romanians emigrating, build highways and encourage the consumption of local produce to create what he called "a normal Romania." (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Romanian Prime Minister designate Sorin Grindeanu waits before a parliament session, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Grindeanu said Wednesday he wants to stop thousands of Romanians emigrating, build highways and encourage the consumption of local produce to create what he called "a normal Romania." (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Romanian Prime Minister designate Sorin Grindeanu, center, smiles at  Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the Social Democrat party, left, before a parliament session, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Grindeanu said Wednesday he wants to stop thousands of Romanians emigrating, build highways and encourage the consumption of local produce to create what he called "a normal Romania." (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Romanian Prime Minister designate Sorin Grindeanu, center, smiles at Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the Social Democrat party, left, before a parliament session, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Grindeanu said Wednesday he wants to stop thousands of Romanians emigrating, build highways and encourage the consumption of local produce to create what he called "a normal Romania." (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Romania's Parliament is preparing to vote on a new left-leaning Cabinet that includes an economist who had been poised to become the country's first female and Muslim prime minister.

President Klaus Iohannis declined to nominate Sevil Shhaideh as premier and she has now been nominated as deputy premier before Wednesday's vote.

There are concerns that the coalition government may seek to slow down Romania's anti-corruption fight.

The chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Liviu Dragnea, can't be prime minister because he was convicted of election fraud last year. But he is expected to exercise influence over the future government headed by ally Sorin Grindeanu, a regional politician.

Dragnea says a law that prevents him being premier is unfair and there is speculation that Parliament may seek to change the legislation.