Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Romanian opposition calls for no-confidence vote

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – The party of Romanian President Traian Basescu threatened on Monday to launch a no-confidence vote against the government after voters emphatically rejected government-backed moves to impeach him. A successful parliamentary vote against the minority government of Prime Minister Calin Tariceanu could end a policy stalemate after a May 19 referendum, aimed at bringing Basescu down, flopped. But there was no certainty the move by Basescu’s Democrats would succeed, and some analysts said the political crisis, which is paralyzing the European Union newcomer’s reform efforts, might only deepen. “The only step that will stop us from initiating a censure motion against the government would be the resignation of the government,” Democrat party head Emil Boc told Reuters in an interview.

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