Thursday, March 22, 2007

Romania's main opposition party threatens to submit censure motion

Romania's Social Democrats will table a censure motion against the current cabinet unless Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu comes before parliament with a reshuffled government within a week, announced Mircea Geoana, leader of the main opposition Social Democratic Party, on Thursday

"The prime minister must appear before parliament immediately and propose a reshuffled government. Otherwise we will explore other ways of forming a competent government," said Geoana, stressing that "the prime minister has one week to do this, before Palm Sunday and Easter."

"If he does not appear before parliament, the opposition's move, which is already prepared, is a censure motion," Geoana said.

"We cannot wait until Easter without an efficient government, able to find solutions to the current crisis," he added.

In Geoana's opinion, "temporary or other solutions are simply superficial."

Local analysts say that Romania is going through a deep political crisis. The opposition Social Democrats are currently trying to impeach President Traian Basescu. The irrational hatred between the governing Liberals and Democrats, as well as the political vendetta between the president and the prime minister, has worsened in recent months to the point that they confront each other publicly.

Source: Xinhua

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