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Romania's coalition govt to seek confidence vote on Nov 25

Romania's coalition govt to seek confidence vote on Nov 25 Romanian government building - Victoria palace Source: gov.ro

BUCHAREST (Romania), November 24 (SeeNews) - Romania's coalition cabinet led by prime minister-designate Nicolae Ciuca will seek a vote of confidence on Thursday, an announcement posted on the parliament's website indicated.

The 20 ministers in Ciuca's cabinet comprising the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Social Democrat Party (PSD) and the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) will be heard in special parliamentary committees on Wednesday, according to the announcement.

Ciuca submitted the government list to parliament on Tuesday evening.

PNL holds eight ministerial portfolios, PSD has nine, while UDMR has three. The coalition is proposing PSD MPs Adrian Caciu for the position of finance minister and Florin Spataru for economy minister. For the energy ministry, PNL is again proposing Virgil Popescu, while former finance minister Dan Vilceanu is nominated for the EU funds portfolio.

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis tasked Ciuca with forming a coalition government for a second time on Monday. Iohannis first gave a mandate to prime minister-designate Ciuca to try to assemble a cabinet on October 21, after the previous prime minister-designate and chairman of former coalition partner USR PLUS, Dacian Ciolos, failed to win approval for his proposed minority government in parliament.

On November 1, Ciuca said he is giving up the mandate to form a cabinet after the PNL executive political bureau decided that Ciuca should return the mandate after negotiations with PSD and USR PLUS failed.

Ciuca, 53, is a retired Romanian Land Forces general. He served as a Chief of the Romanian General Staff between 2025-2019, according to his public CV. He also led a caretaker cabinet during December 7-20 last year.

PNL and USR PLUS hold 134 and 80 seats in parliament, respectively, PSD has 157, Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) controls 43, while UDMR holds 29. The remaining seats are held by 18 MPs representing minorities, and five independents.

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