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MPs vote to oust Romania's PM Sorin Grindeanu

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By Chris Harris  with REUTERS
MPs vote to oust Romania's PM Sorin Grindeanu

<p>Romania is looking for a new prime minister after the ruling leftists ousted the country’s six-month-old government.</p> <p>MPs voted overwhelming for a no-confidence vote in PM Sorin Grindeanu, by 241-7.</p> <p>His left-wing Social Democrat Party (<span class="caps">PSD</span>) had withdrawn their support for him, accusing him of failing to carry out necessary economic reforms.</p> <p><span class="caps">PSD</span> only returned to power in December. But a month later, after a decree was passed that was seen as weakening Romania’s fight against corruption, huge crowds came onto the streets to protest.</p> <p>Romania is seen as one of the European Union’s most corrupt states and Brussels has kept its justice system under special monitoring since it joined the bloc in 2007.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">PSD</span> and its junior coalition partner <span class="caps">ALDE</span> are expected to nominate a replacement for Grindeanu later in the week.</p>