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Romanian government to face no confidence vote

Romanian government to face no confidence vote

A Romanian court ruled Monday that Parliament can hold a vote of no confidence in the country's minority government, one it may have trouble surviving.
Parliament will debate and vote on Tuesday after the Constitutional Court ruled a motion filed by the opposition Liberal Party is legal.
The centrist Democratic Liberal government will fall if 236 of Parliament's 471 deputies vote against it. Three opposition parties have enough votes to get rid of the government but they need a high enough turnout.
The Liberal Party says it filed the motion to protest the government's performance during its nine months in office.
It also says Parliament has not yet approved the 10-day-old minority government, which remains after the Social Democrats quit the ruling coalition when one of their ministers was fired.
But, the vote is also seen as politically motivated ahead of presidential elections on Nov. 22. President Traian Basescu, who is close to the Liberal Democrats, is viewed as the favorite as he runs for a second five-year term, and the collapse of the government could dent his chances.
The Liberal Party, which has 93 seats, the Social Democrats, who have 163, and the party that represents the interests of the country's 1.4 million ethnic Hungarians, with 31 seats, have said they will vote against the government.
The Democratic Liberals have 166 votes. There are also 18 seats that belong to various ethnic minorities.
Liberal leader Crin Antonescu said Monday he would expel any party lawmakers who do not participate in the debate or who abstain from voting.
In a sign of the high stakes, Liberal lawmaker Florin Turcanu said he had been offered and refused the sum of ⁈ ($14,700) from a businessman close to a government party lawmaker in his city to miss the vote. The businessman denied the allegations.
Social Democrat Viorel Hrebenciuc also claimed that lawmaker Tiberiu Prodan, who recently defected from the Liberals to join the Liberal Democrats, had been paid ⁈0 ($147,000) to do so. There was no immediate response from Prodan.


Updated : 2021-10-29 00:58 GMT+08:00