Romanian prime minister Dacian Ciolos in a file image. EFE / EPA / ROBERT GHEMENT
Bucharest, Oct 20 (EFE) .- The Romanian Parliament rejected this Wednesday, as expected, the investiture of the Government proposed by the candidate for prime minister Dacian Ciolos (reformist), who sought the support of the legislature after being commissioned by the country’s president, Klaus Iohannis, the task of forming a new Executive.
Ciolos, former European Commissioner for Agriculture and leader of the reformist formation URS-PLUS (belonging to the Renew Europe! Group in the European Parliament), was supported by only 88 deputies, compared to 184 who voted against.
After this rejection, the head of state will have to entrust another candidate with the formation of a new government to replace the current interim cabinet that took over after a motion of no confidence fell on the 5th of the minority of the now acting prime minister Florin Citu, head of the Center-right National Liberal Party (PNL).
To everyone’s surprise, Iohannis commissioned Ciolos, who leads the third party in seats in Parliament, to form a government, knowing that he did not have a sufficient majority to be inaugurated prime minister.
Most Romanian analysts believe that Iohannis wanted to humiliate Ciolos and force his party to support a center-right candidate related to the president in the second attempt to form a government.
If this also fails, the president is empowered to call elections.
According to the polls, the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) would be the great beneficiary if early legislative elections were held.
The Ciolos and Citu parties ruled together in Romania from December last year until last month, when the government’s minority partners left the alliance in power due to discrepancies with their majority allies (PNL).
USR PLUS has insisted on its willingness to reissue the coalition with the center-right, provided that the new government is not led by Citu, but the PNL does not accept that requirement.