The ruling left-wing Social Democratic Party withdrew its support for Mihai Tudose, who said he was quitting with his "head high."
The storm injured at least 67 more while road and rail traffic in parts of Romania were halted by fallen trees. The storm also brought injuries and destruction in parts of Serbia.
President Klaus Iohannis endorsed Mihai Tudose's nomination after ruling Social Democrats picked Tudose to replace the ousted Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu who was toppled last week in a no-confidence motion.
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