BUCHAREST, Romania: The candidate nominated to be prime minister in Romania's next government says he is renouncing the premiership in favor of a younger person.
President Traian Basescu chose 65-year-old centrist Theodor Stolojan last week to form a coalition government following Nov. 30 elections.
But Stolojan said Monday that he would let Basescu nominate somebody who will "give a hope to the young generation."
Stolojan is a former World Bank expert, and was prime minister between 1991 and 1992.
Romania's coalition government will be formed by the left-leaning Social Democrats and the centrist Democratic Liberals. Stolojan is a member of the Democratic Liberal Party.
There was no immediate reaction to the news of Stolojan's withdrawal.