Tuesday, September 29, 2009

AP: Romania PM urges rivals to name new minister

Romania's Prime Minister Emil Boc is pressing his coalition partner to name a new minister to replace the one he fired, as the government appeared close to collapse.

The Social Democratic Party had so far refused Tuesday to name another interior minister and threatened to withdraw all its ministers from the two-party government over the firing.Boc, a Democratic Liberal, fired Social Democrat Dan Nica on Monday after Nica's comments last week about potential fraud in November elections were widely interpreted as an accusation that Boc's party might try to cheat to get President Traian Basescu re-elected.

Nica's ministry organizes and oversees the poll, and his party will back a rival candidate.

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