Romania Targets Longer-Lasting Government With New Premier Pick

Romania’s political leaders quickly agreed on a new prime minister after this week’s shock government collapse, picking one who may last longer than her predecessors as the Black Sea nation gears up for the rotating European Union presidency and navigates a slowdown in its booming economy.

Viorica Dancila is set to become the Black Sea nation’s third premier in a year, and the first woman to take the job, after winning the president’s backing Wednesday. The 54-year-old European Parliament lawmaker, an ally of ruling-party boss Liviu Dragnea, must now select a cabinet and win a confidence vote scheduled for Jan. 29, though that should be a formality. The leu, which had been under pressure, gained after the announcement.