Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Romanian PM announces death of current governing alliance

BUCHAREST, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Monday that people are witnessing the death of the D.A. Alliance and that in the coming period he will seek a new governing solution.

The D.A. Alliance (The Justice and Truth Alliance) is a political alliance comprising two political parties in Romania: the center-right National Liberal Party (PNL) and the centrist Democratic Party (PD).

The head of the Executive underscored that the parliament will have a heavy say in the shaping of a new ruling line-up.

Tariceanu voiced disappointment over the current political situation, a feeling caused mainly by the talks he had with the PD representatives on Monday morning.

"Because of PD, we practically witness the death of the D.A. Alliance," said the prime minister who is also the PNL president, underscoring that this state of affairs is the result of the Democrats' actions, beginning with their decision to run on separate tickets in Euro-elections and culminating with the recent position of several PD ministers who -- in Tariceanu's opinion -- have boycotted the government's actions.

Tariceanu underscored that the parliament has entrusted him a clear mandate and Romania now needs a stable and solid government, pledging to make all efforts to this aim.

"In the coming period I will have to seriously ponder on how the future government should look like and this is where the parliament will play a highly important role," said Tariceanu.

The main opposition Social Democrat Party (PDS) leader Mircea Geoana threatened last Thursday to table a censure motion against the current cabinet unless the prime minister comes before the parliament with a reshuffled government within a week.

According to PNL Vice-president Crin Antonescu, the future ruling formula might not include PD.

Referring to Tariceanu's statement, PD leader Emil Boc said the Democrats will take a decision some time this week or next week at the latest.

Romania is going through a deep political crisis. The irrational hatred between the governing Liberals and Democrats has worsened in recent months.


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