FILE PHOTO: Romania’s Prime Minister Ludovic Orban listens during a panel discussion at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s centrist minority government will almost certainly postpone a June local election as the coronavirus outbreak ruled out the best conditions for such an exercise, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said late on Thursday.
The European Union state, which has suffered 2,738 virus infections and 115 deaths, declared a state of emergency on March 16 and enforced a lockdown last week.
It is due to hold a local election in late June and a parliamentary election in November.
“Most opinions converge over a peak of the outbreak at some time between April 20 and May 1, with lower spreading risks after that,” Orban told private news television station Digi24.
“It is almost certain that a local election can no longer be held on June 28. After consulting the other parties, we will decide a date at which the election can be organised under the best conditions based on the outbreak’s development.”
Also on Thursday, Health Minister Nelu Tataru said movement curbs could gradually be lifted from mid-May.
Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Clarence Fernandez