Romanian Premier to Face No-Confidence Vote Next Week
(Bloomberg) -- Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu will face a no-confidence vote in parliament next week, handing his former allies and his opponents the chance to topple him should they join forces.
The Oct. 5 vote could mark the culmination of a political row that erupted between the premier and junior coalition partner USR Plus and has helped send the leu to a record low. Citu, who rammed through a local-spending program opposed by USR, is already the eastern European country’s ninth premier in a decade.
The vote was triggered on Tuesday by the opposition Social Democrats. Earlier, the Constitutional Court allowed a separate no-confidence motion put forward by USR to proceed, though the ruling acknowledged a conflict between parliament and the government, clouding its prospects.
“We decided to vote on the first motion that’s scheduled and parliamentary leaders decided that to be the one filed by the Social Democrats,” said Speaker Anca Dragu, a member of USR Plus, which wants to govern again alongside Citu’s Liberal Party but without him as prime minister.
Together, the Social Democrats and USR control sufficient seats to reach the 234 total needed to oust Citu. The question is whether all of their lawmakers will vote to do so as the two parties are ideologically opposed.
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