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FILE PHOTO: Romanian Deputy Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh arrives at the National Anti-corruption Directorate headquarters, in Bucharest, Romania, September 22, 2017. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea/via REUTERS

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BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's ruling Social Democrats endorsed on Thursday a government reshuffle proposed by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose in a move that could strengthen his position within the party.

Three ministers will resign, including Deputy Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh, a close ally of party leader Liviu Dragnea. The other two are European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb and Transport Minister Razvan Cuc.

Senior party members will meet again on Friday to decide on their replacements, Dragnea told reporters after a six-hour meeting.

(Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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