Romania’s Parliament votes out Dancila cabinet

Romania’s Parliament on Thursday voted a no-confidence motion against the Social Democrat Government led by prime minister Viorica Dancila. The motion passed with 238 votes for, 5 more than the minimum required (233 votes), according to Romania-Insider.com.

It is for the first time since May 2012 and for the second time in the last 30 years when the opposition manages to overthrow a Government by no-confidence motion.

The negotiations around the no-confidence motion have been intense in the weeks before the vote and the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), as well as the opposition, tried to convince as many MPs as possible to support them. The outcome was uncertain until the votes were counted and the result was announced.

While the PSD instructed its MPs not to vote at all and reached out to opposition MPs who initially signed the motion to change their minds, the opposition parties had to make sure that all of their MPs would be present for the vote and tried to convince even PSD MPs to vote for the motion. An MP for the Popular Movement Party (PMP) even postponed a scheduled surgery and came from Cluj-Napoca by ambulance to vote for the motion.

A total of 245 MPs expressed their vote and 242 votes were valid, of which 238 were for the motion and 4 against.

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