Romanian government faces no-confidence vote

Postado Junho 22, 2017

Romania's most powerful political party ousted its own prime minister Wednesday, throwing the country, which witnessed giant anticorruption protests this year, into new political turmoil. He also said that he accepted the ministers the PSD leader proposed, just to find six months later that "the Government is not really doing its job, that the ministers are good, but not too good".

Nonetheless he continued to pull the government strings behind the scenes once Grindeanu became premier in January. At first Grindeanu complied but recently began asserting his independence, causing the fallout. His left-wing Social Democrat Party (PSD) had withdrawn their support for him, accusing him of failing to carry out necessary economic reforms.

According to the Balkan Insight, 241 members of parliament voted in favor of the motion, with only 10 voting against. The centre-right opposition - usually no fans of Grindeanu - abstained.

"To deliver on the promises we made to the people during the campaign, we need a very good government and this is what we want to achieve", Mr Dragnea said.

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

This time, however, Iohannis would find it more hard to pursue a similar strategy, as the Social-Democrats and their junior coalition partner, the liberal ALDE, hold a majority in both chambers - 175 our 329 seats in the lower house and 76 out of 136 seats in the senate.

Dragnea is barred from being prime minister because of a 2016 conviction for vote-rigging.

In February, the European Union warned the government in Bucharest against "backtracking" in its efforts against corruption.

It is the second major crisis to hit the PSD since it rode back into power in December, barely a year after being forced from office over a deadly nightclub blaze blamed on corruption.

On February 5th, the Romanian government has scrapped a bill that would have protected many politicians from being prosecuted for corruption after nationwide protests.Grindeanu has lost support from Dragnea since the government in February shelved plans to decriminalize some corruption offences.

Analysts say Grindeanu's fall from grace might be linked to his perceived failure to push through the legislation.