Romania’s government hurries to place a Commissioner before no-confidence vote

Romania’s centrist opposition is seeking to topple the government in a parliamentary no-confidence vote next week, one year ahead of a general election, the National Liberal Party (PNL) said.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă’s cabinet lost its majority in August after a coalition junior ally ALDE quit over policy disagreements, leaving her vulnerable to a censure motion.

ALDE withdrew from the ruling alliance after its leader Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu lost a bid to become the sole pro-government candidate in a presidential election scheduled for November.

“We’re filing the censure motion later today,” said PNL president Ludovic Orban, saying the largest opposition grouping had gathered 237 signatures from lawmakers to back its bid.

A government can be toppled if a majority of Romania’s members of parliament, or 233 MPs, vote to back the no-confidence motion. Political commentators, however, said a slim four-seat margin gives the government high chances of survival.

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