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BUCHAREST (Romania), November 18 (SeeNews) - The Romanian leu weakened to a new all-time low against the euro on Monday, central bank data showed.
Romania's central bank, BNR, set its reference exchange rate at 4.7729 lei ($1.09/1.0 euro) per euro on Monday, 0.13% weaker than 4.7635 lei per euro on Friday.
On Monday morning, the leu changed hands between 4.7722 and 4.7728 per euro, according to real-time interbank forex trading data published by information portal Conso.ro.
"The EUR/RON once again tested the 4.7700 level, which remains a strong resistance these days. Shifting higher remains a matter of time in our view but for now 4.7700 should hold," ING Bank analysts said on Monday in a daily analysis on Romanian finances.
CFA Romania, an association of investment professionals, said last month that they expect an exchange rate of 4.7967 lei per euro in the next six months and 4.8471 lei per euro in the next 12 months.
Former Social Democrat finance minister Eugen Teodorovici said on Thursday that the leu has weakened following what he described as alarmist statements about an allegedly precarious state of public finances made by the new, National Liberal Party (PNL) government.
"Today's statements by [finance minister] Mr. Citu have led our currency towards a historical minimum," Teodorovici said in a televised statement at the time.
Romania's new finance minister, Florin Citu, said also on Thursday that the budget gap could widen to 4% of gross domestic product this year and accused Teodorovici of deliberately faking numbers.
"The budget deficit widened to 2.84% [of GDP] in January-October and is estimated at over 4.0% at the end of the year. We have about 4 billion lei left in the reserve fund but we will pay all our bills," Citu said in a televised statement, presenting his initial conclusions after analyzing the state of public finances.
The PNL government took office earlier this month after the Social Democrat cabinet led by Viorica Dancila lost a no-confidence vote on October 10. The vote was requested by PNL who accused the Dancila government of incompetence.
(1 euro=4.7729 lei)