Romanian MPs on Wednesday rejected a proposal that Dacian Cioloș form a government and become the country’s next prime minister.
Cioloș, a former European commissioner and MEP who now leads the Union to Save Romania (USR) party, had the support of 88 lawmakers, most of whom were from his own party, the third-largest in parliament. He needed 234 votes.
The largest faction — the center-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) and USR’s former coalition partners in the center-right National Liberal Party (PNL) — had said they wouldn’t support Cioloș as soon as he was nominated last week by President Klaus Iohannis.
“Through the irresponsible vote given against the USR government, MPs have rejected the only solution for Romania to have a functional government today, and decided that prolonging the political crisis is more important than solving the [pandemic] health crisis,” the party said in a statement.
However, the USR said it would participate in new consultations with Iohannis and the other parties “with the same openness to finding an option.”
Interim Prime Minister Florin Cîțu is widely expected to be nominated by Iohannis for a second term even though he was dismissed in a no-confidence vote earlier this month.
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