Romania votes in new government to end political crisis

Romanian lawmakers on Thursday voted in favor of a new coalition government led by a Liberal former army general that could end a month-long political crisis in the eastern European nation.



Bucharest, Romania – Romanian lawmakers voted on Thursday in favor of a new coalition government led by a Liberal former army general that could end a month-long political crisis in the eastern European nation.



The vote in parliament, which passed overwhelmingly, sets off a long political crisis that prompted an unlikely partnership between the centre-right National Liberal Party and the left-wing Social Democrat Party – former political rivals and two of Romania’s biggest parties .



Ciuka, who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, told parliament on Thursday that members of the coalition would put aside pride and political differences in the “interest of the Romanian people”.

“We who are in front of you today have gone through the things that separate us and we have found the things that unite us,” Siuka said. We are determined to end the tense situation we are going through.”

There will be division of 20 ministries of the country between the parties. The three parties together control about two-thirds of the 466-seat legislature.

Part of the deal among the new coalition partners, which includes increased social spending requested by the Social Democrats, is that the role of prime minister is replaced every 18 months. Ciuka will take over first, after which a Social Democrat chief will replace him.

President Klaus Iohannes will swear in the new government later on Thursday.

Social Democrat Party leader Marcel Ciolacu on Thursday acknowledged rising energy prices and said Romania has been badly hit by the pandemic. “Romania needs a new path,” he said.

“It is time to prove to the Romanian people that they can have a government that works for them,” Ciolacu said.

Since early September, Romania, an EU country of nearly 19 million, has been in political turmoil, when former Liberal Prime Minister Florin Situ fired the justice minister from his junior coalition partner USR for not signing the regional development fund. .

The USR, which expressed transparency concerns about funding, reacted by leaving the three-party coalition. Situ’s government was overthrown in a motion of no confidence filed by the Social Democrats on 5 October, and supported by the USR.

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