The Romanian Parliament on Thursday backed a no-confidence motion against Social Democratic (PSD) Prime Minister, Viorica Dancila’s government.
The motion, launched over poor use of EU funds and low public investment, was backed by 238 representatives and Senators in the plenary session of the bi-cameral legislature, five more than was necessary to bring the prime minister down.
It was not immediately clear whether Dancila’s fall will trigger early election, or if the opposition will attempt to form a new coalition with defectors from the PSD.
In the meantime, she will remain in office in a caretaker capacity.
The government has been plagued by corruption issues, and Dancila was the third PSD prime minister since the 2016 elections.
Her two predecessors fell in an internal power struggle with the former party chief, Liviu Dragnea.
Dragnea was sentenced to prison in May for corruption.
The next parliamentary election is officially due to be held in December 2020.
On Nov. 10, Romania is due to hold the first round of a presidential election with a possible run-off two weeks later.(NAN)
Edited by Halima Sheji/Tajudeen Atitebi