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Romanian govt survives no-confidence vote

Romanian govt survives no-confidence vote

BUCHAREST (Romania), June 19 (SeeNews) -  A vote of no-confidence in Romania's coalition cabinet led by prime minister Viorica Dancila failed to win enough support from members of parliament on Tuesday, the spokesman of the lower house of parliament said.

The censure motion was submitted by Romania's opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) and backed by Save Romania Union (USR), Popular Movement Party (PMP) and Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR).

Its sponsors insist that the government comprising the left-wing Social Democrat Party (PSD) and the centre-right Liberal-Democrat Alliance (ALDE) should step down over repeated attempts to amend justice bills and for jeopardising the Romanian economy with what they describe as faulty fiscal policies. 

The motion was approved by 200 members of parliament from PNL, USR and PMP, according to figures presented in a televised statement by the spokesman of the lower house of parliament on Tuesday evening. The two parties of the coalition government ensured the necessary quorum but did not vote.

In order to pass, the motion needed to be backed by at least 233 members of parliament.

The PSD-ALDE government coalition has majority in the 465-seat parliament, holding 208 and 31 seats, respectively. PNL has 93 MPs, USR holds 40 and PMP has 17 MPs. The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) holds 30 seats. Pro Romania has 24 seats.

The remaining seats are occupied by 17 MPs representing minorities, and by 5 independent MPs.

The previous vote of no-confidence in the government led by Dancila, in December, also failed to win enough support from MPs to pass. 

The government, which took office on January 29, is the third cabinet of PSD and ALDE since the December 2016 election.

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