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Competing no confidence motions filed against Romanian cabinet

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Romania's parliament topples PM Citu's centrist government
Romania's parliament topples PM Citu's centrist government   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">BUCHAREST</span> – Romania’s Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that a no confidence vote against Liberal Prime Minister Florin Citu filed by a former coalition partner can go forward, while the opposition leftists filed their own competing motion.</p> <p>With two no confidence motions in play, it was unclear whether the two opposition parties in parliament and the centrist <span class="caps">USR</span> Plus, which quit the coalition, would back a single vote to topple the government. </p> <p>The votes of <span class="caps">USR</span> Plus, the ultra-nationalist opposition <span class="caps">AUR</span> that backed its motion, and the opposition Social Democrats (<span class="caps">PSD</span>) that are pushing their own challenge would be needed to remove Citu – but they are far from natural allies.</p> <p>Lawmakers were due to discuss the timetables for the motions later in the day. None of the parties have yet said whether they will back the rival motions.</p> <p><span class="caps">USR</span> Plus ministers resigned the cabinet in early September after Citu fired their justice minister in a row over a regional development fund and said the coalition could only continue with a different prime minister. The Liberals backed Citu, a relative newcomer but backed by centrist President Klaus Iohannis.</p> <p>The dissolution of the coalition, which also involved the ethnic Hungarian group <span class="caps">UDMR</span>, threatens Romania’s economic recovery and efforts to reduce its large budget and current account deficits.</p> <p>It also comes at a time when <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases are rising sharply again amid one of the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union.</p> <p>The Liberals managed to delay the <span class="caps">USR</span> Plus motion by challenging it in court on technical grounds but on Tuesday the court said it should be put to parliament.</p> <p><span class="caps">PSD</span> leader Marcel Ciolacu said his party aimed to trigger early elections. However, snap elections – which would require that parliament rejected two successive proposed cabinets within 60 days – are unlikely and have never happened in Romania.</p> <p>The Romanian leu was flat against the euro on the day but down 1.7% overall this year, the region’s worst performer.</p> <p/> </div>