Sunday, February 24, 2008

Early Election Call in Romania

22 February 2008
Bucharest _ Romania’s main opposition Social Democratic Party, PSD, is calling for early parliamentary elections, the party's leader said Friday.

Mirceana Geoana, said the PSD will use every legal instrument at its disposal to end the current political deadlock.

This means the PSD will propose a vote of no-confidence in the government, the press claimed.
This decision did not come as a surprise since the PSD has withdrawn its support for Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s minority government. Read more:

The Social Democrats have been instrumental in keeping Tariceanu in power since the collapse of his National Liberals’ coalition with the Democratic Party in Spring 2007 which left Tariceanu with the formal support of just a fifth of deputies in parliament.

Geoana, demanded the government step down to make way for elections months ahead of the scheduled vote to be held at the end of the year.

On the other hand, former Prime Minister and former PSD leader, Adrian Nastase, who became a simple member of the PSD two years ago, was elected the President of the party's National Council.
This is a key position in the party, because it will allow Nastase to compete again for the PSD leadership and participate in some of its most important decision-making.

However the move has sparked controversy since Nastase has been accused of corruption several times.

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