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Romanian lawmakers topple PM Dancila's government

Romanian lawmakers topple PM Dancila's government
FILE PHOTO: Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila casts her vote during the European Parliament Elections in Bucharest, Romania, May 26, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS -
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BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romanian lawmakers toppled the Social Democrat government of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Thursday, opening way for a transitional government until a parliamentary election in late 2020, parliament’s vote count showed.

“We have stopped the Social Democrat Party from hurting Romania,” said Ludovic Orban, the leader of the opposition Liberal Party which spearheaded the no confidence vote.

Official data showed 238 lawmakers voted to topple Dancila. The motion needed 233 votes to pass.

(Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Alison Williams)

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