Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Romanian leftist chief says party will stay in govt

BUCHAREST, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Romania's Social Democrats (PSD) will not pull out of the government despite some opposition to a package of fiscal reforms put forward by the centre-left coalition, their leader said on Tuesday.

Some local commentators have said in recent weeks the leftists may break the coalition over the bills because of disagreements with their centrist partners, the Democrat Liberals.

'I believe a government that exists and functions right now is better than a political crisis in Romania,' PSD leader Mircea Geoana said. 'Had we opposed this ... we would have seen the government collapsing and a political crisis.'The government is expected to call for a parliamentary vote of confidence later on Tuesday to secure quick support for fiscal reforms required by the International Monetary Fund in return for aid.

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