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Romanias Social Democratic Government Loses No-confidence Vote

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BUCHAREST, Romania—Romanias Social Democratic government lost a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Thursday and the president is expected to give opposition parties a chance to form the next government.

Lawmakers voted 238-4 against Prime Minister Viorica Dancilas minority government. The no-confidence motion needed 233 votes to be approved.

Most Social Democratic Party lawmakers abstained and three votes were annulled.

Opposition lawmakers accused Dancila and her ministers of mismanaging Romanias economy, letting public safety deteriorate and trying to politicize the countrys judicial system.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as President of Romania Klaus Iohannis listens in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Aug. 20, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Klaus Iohannis described the Social Democratic government in a statement as “incompetent” and called its ouster a win for Romania. Iohannis, who is seeking re-election next month, also said he would begin consultations with opposition parties on Friday about forming a new government.

Before the vote, Dancila, who became Romanias prime minister in 2018, argued that the motion would destabilize the country and claimed opposition parties had no viable alternatives to her governments policies.

“How can you assume the reconstruction of Romania when you dont know what to offer to Romanians for tomorrow or after a week?” Dancila said.

A Romanian member of parliament gives a thumbs up during procedures ahead of a no confidence vote in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo)
A Romanian member of parliament gives a thumbs up during procedures ahead of a no confidence vote in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo)
A Romanian member of parliament gives a thumbs up during procedures ahead of a no confidence vote in Bucharest, Romania on Oct. 10, 2019. (Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo)

An early parliamentary election is unlikely any time soon since Romanias presidential election is scheduled for next month.

Dancila said she intends to continue as the Social Democrats candidate for president.

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