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Romania's USR PLUS submits minority cabinet list to parl

Romania's USR PLUS submits minority cabinet list to parl Source: USR PLUS

BUCHAREST (Romania), October 18 (SeeNews) - Romania's prime minister-designate and USR PLUS party leader, Dacian Ciolos, submitted the list of his minority cabinet to parliament, he said on Monday.

Some of the ministers who were members of the former coalition cabinet comprising National Liberal Party (PNL), USR PLUS and the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) are on the list of the proposed minority government, according to information posted on the USR PLUS website.

"We hope that, in the last hour, the parliamentary parties will show responsibility and will not prolong the political crisis," Ciolos said during a news conference broadcast by Digi24.

Hearings of proposed cabinet ministers by special parliamentary committees have not yet been scheduled.

USR PLUS minority cabinet again has Stelian Ion as justice minister, Claudiu Nasui as economy minister, Cristian Ghinea for the EU Funds portfolio, Catalin Drula for transport ministry and Ioana Mihaila at the health ministry. For the finance ministry, USR PLUS is proposing Dragos Pislaru.

If parliament refuses to endorse Ciolos or a possible second nominee for prime minister, the president can dissolve parliament and call early elections.

On October 11, Romanian president Klaus Iohannis tasked Ciolos with forming a government after the cabinet led by Florin Citu lost a no-confidence vote.

Ciolos served as prime minister in the technocrat government that was in office between November 2015 and January 2017.

On October 5, Citu's liberal cabinet lost a no-confidence vote in parliament requested by opposition left-wing Social Democrat Party (PSD) and backed by USR PLUS and far-right Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR).

PSD filed the censure motion on September 28, following a Constitutional Court decision acknowledging the existence of a legal conflict between parliament and the government on another motion against the Liberal government filed by USR PLUS and AUR on September 3, after Citu dismissed justice minister Stelian Ion. Four days later all five USR PLUS ministers in Citu's coalition cabinet, which also included UDMR representatives, resigned.

PNL and USR PLUS hold 134 and 80 seats in parliament, respectively, PSD has 157, AUR controls 43, while the by the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) holds 29. The remaining seats are held by 18 MPs representing minorities, and 5 independents.