By The Associated Press
BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian lawmakers have rejected a government proposal to fire 9,500 police officers and other interior ministry employees.
Some 150 lawmakers have voted Tuesday for the proposal made by Interior Minister Traian Igas, 17 short of votes needed. Some lawmakers from the ruling coalition refused to vote or voted against the proposal. It was not immediately clear if the government could ask lawmakers to vote again at another parliamentary session.
Romania pledged to cut its public spending in 2011 to keep the budget deficit at 4.4 per cent of GDP.
In 2009, Romania took a two-year euro20 billion ($28 billion) loan from the IMF, the EU and the World Bank, as its economy shrank by 7.1 per cent. Romania imposed harsh austerity measures under the agreement.