Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Govt party chief says Romania needs independent PM

BUCHAREST, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Romania should have a prime minister not affiliated with any political party to tackle the global crisis more effectively, the head of the ruling coalition's leftist grouping, Mircea Geoana, said on Tuesday.

Geoana spoke after meeting Prime Minister Emil Boc for emergency talks with President Traian Basescu to discuss a standoff over the sacking of the interior minister, which now threatens to break up the ruling coalition.

'The whole crisis, the lives of millions of Romanians depend on (political) stability. So this is why the best solution would be to have a government led by an independent prime minister,' Geoana told reporters. His party has threatened to quit the government this week if Basescu endorses the sacking.

Boc removed the minister, a member of Geoana's party, on Monday, and on Tuesday proposed a replacement from his own party.A collapse of the coalition could put in question Romania's ability to meet conditions for aid from the International Monetary Fund, economists say, threatening to damage investor sentiment.

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