Romania: Government falls after Parliament passes no-confidence motion

The Grindeanu government was dismissed by censure motion (no-confidence vote) on Wednesday by 241 votes in favour.

“The censure motion was adopted. The government is dismissed,” Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu said after the official announcement of the results.

This is a first in Romanian politics, as the governing coalition filed the no-confidence motion against its own Government.

The coalition made of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) withdrew the political support for the Government last week, claiming that the cabinet led by Sorin Grindeanu failed to apply the governing program. As the Prime Minister refused to resign, the coalition filed a no-confidence motion against its own Government.

Next, President Klaus Iohannis will nominate a new Prime Minister based on the political parties’ proposals.

According to presidency spokeswoman Madalina Dobrovolschi, the talks between President Klaus Iohannis and the majority coalition PSD-ALDE on a new government will begin on Monday.

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