Romania: the liberal government overthrown by a motion of censure

Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu in Parliament this Tuesday, October 5, 2021. AP - Vadim Ghirda

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The Romanian Parliament on Tuesday approved a motion of censure against the liberal government of Prime Minister Florin Citu, paving the way for a period of political instability in the midst of the fourth wave of Covid-19.

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The Romanian Parliament on Tuesday approved a motion of censure against the liberal government of Prime Minister Florin Citu, paving the way for a period of political instability.

The motion passed with 281 votes, significantly more than the 234 required, while the Liberals and their allies boycotted the vote, according to official results.

The motion was adopted by 281 votes, significantly more than the 234 required, according to official results.

In place since the December elections, Florin Citu, a 49-year-old former banker, had in recent months become the pet peeve of both right and left.

Unlikely allies in normal times, the elected representatives of the USR (center right), former member of the ruling coalition in

Romania

, of the Social Democratic Party (PSD, opposition) and of the far-right AUR party voted together for dismiss the executive.

 The liberals (PNL, in power) boycotted the vote, denouncing an “

irresponsible 

action

by these three parties.

"

What will you gain by plunging the country into chaos?"

», Had launched the Prime Minister, at the beginning of the session of the Parliament, while addressing the parties having tabled this motion.

And to ensure that the next executive would always be formed "around liberal values", before leaving Parliament without waiting for the result of the vote.

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with

AFP)

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