BUCHAREST: Romania's leftist Social Democrat Party (PSD) proposed 52-year-old former development minister Sevil Shhaideh for prime minister to the country's president, its leader said on Wednesday.

"I have come up with a solution that I hope will be accepted so that a government is in place quickly to ensure we have a budget plan approved by Jan. 15," Liviu Dragnea told reporters.

President Klaus Iohannis started two-day consultations on forming a new government with all political parties in the new parliament formed after a Dec. 11 national election, and is expected to announce a prime minister designate by Friday.

Together with its junior coalition partner and long-time ally ALDE, the PSD has outright majority in parliament with 250 MPs in the 465-seat, two-house assembly, allowing them to easily give their government a vote of confidence and pass legislation.

"If she will be appointed she would be prime minister , but the political responsibility stays with me first of all."