Romanian President Traian Basescu has begun the search for a caretaker prime minister following the fall of the country’s government in a no confidence vote.
Romania’s political leaders will all be consulted and the agreed candidate will have 10 days to present a new cabinet. The aim is to keep the period of instability to a minimum. It is hoped a new government can be formed before presidential elections in November. The no confidence vote was called by the Liberal and leftist opposition after the coalition cabinet split earlier this month amid an internal power struggle. The collapse of the government underlines the challenges facing the recession hit country. Outgoing prime minister Emil Boc last year won a 20 billion euro aid package from the International Monetary Fund to stave off the financial crisis but meeting its terms now may be difficult. President Basescu has severely chastised the parties for engaging in political in fighting.