The Romanian opposition put forward a motion to assign blame to the government.
Romania’s largest opposition party submitted a motion of no-confidence against the government on Tuesday. Romania, where vaccination rates are among the lowest in the European Union, is currently experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases, AFP reports.
The liberal government is in danger of falling
The proposal will be put to a vote next Tuesday. It could mean the collapse of the liberal government of Prime Minister Florin Seto, as its former coalition partner, the USR-PLUS and another party have already announced that they will support the proposal.
Soren Grindano, first vice president of Romania’s Social Democratic Party, told reporters that on Tuesday they had submitted a censure request so that they could “send this government home”.
The party accused the cabinet of “impoverishing the Romanians, burdening the country with debts, and spoiling the vaccination campaign,” writes AFP.
Romania, a member of the European Union, recorded 208 deaths and more than 11,000 new infections in the past 24 hours on Monday, a record since the beginning of the epidemic.
Only a third of the country’s 19 million people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. After Bulgaria, Romania has the second lowest vaccination rate in the European Union, according to AFP.
The PSD, along with USR-PLUS and the National Alliance of United Romanians (AUR), has 284 members in the 465-member parliament. A minimum of 234 votes are required to pass a censure motion.
“In Parliament, we see a competition between those who want to destroy the country and destabilize Romania… We rule,” Prime Minister Seto told reporters on Tuesday. General, he became the head of the National Liberal Party (PNL), writes AFP.
The sentiment is benefiting from the support of the center-right Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, whose task will be to nominate a new prime minister if the government falls.
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