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by Euro Reporter
2009-11-08 09:50:00
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Romania PM Nominee Loses Vote

A bid by Lucian Croitoru to become Romania's next prime minister failed, after opposition parties voted against his proposed cabinet, extending the country's political deadlock, and putting in jeopardy the country's International Monetary Fund, IMF, loan. The Parliament rejected Croitoru's proposed cabinet line-up with 250 votes in favour, and 189 against. He needed 236 votes to be approved.
Croitoru, who is a respected economist at the central bank, was nominated in October by centrist President Traian Basescu, following the collapse of former Prime Minister Emil Boc's minority centre-right government on 12 October. But Croitoru failed to secure the backing of the legislature as opposition parties, which hold around 65 per cent of parliamentary seats, proposed an alternative nominee.

Mr. Croitoru acknowledged defeat. "I chose the best government I could. My mission has ended," he said. Basescu said late on Wednesday he wants to designate another prime minister as soon as possible and will set party consultation schedule on Thursday. Opposition parties say they want Klaus Johannis, the mayor of the city of Sibiu, as prime minister. But it is most unlikely a stable cabinet can be formed before the first round of presidential elections on 22 November.
The current political crisis comes in as Romania implements an economic package designed to cut back government spending and reign in the deficit. Implementation of the package is necessary in order for Romania to receive the next tranches of an IMF loan. The loan is part of a multilateral package which will total up to 20 billion euros.


There are money for salaries and pensions

Romania has got the money for pensions and incomes, but having the third IMF instalment delayed would scare the investors, increase inflation, depreciate the national currency and swell interests. These are Lucian Croitoru's predictions, the man who was designated PM, told to RFI.

Lucian Croitoru said he did not regret his designated PM experience and the Parliament’s vote: The result of the investment vote of the Parliament was not the best regarding Romania's interests, but from a personal experience perspective, it was very interesting, it allowed me to understand better the political process in Romania. I regret that, unfortunately, the political judgements shadowed by the campaign have profoundly affected the economic judgement. I accepted to be Prime Minister in a very difficult moment. I took on the mission to get out of this difficult moment from the instant I had been designated.


PM invited parties to negotiate

"I invited all parliamentary parties to negotiate at 5 pm", the newly designated PM Liviu Negoita said today. He asserted that he wished to create a national union Government and that the negotiations will last for three days. On Monday, the list featuring the new Cabinet will be submitted to the Parliament.

PSD, PNL and UDMR announced that the parties will not take part at the negotiations announced by the designated PM.  Liviu Negoita's statements: Romania needs a Government with full prerogatives.  The state budget law needs to be adopted urgently.  The governing programme was written by Lucian Croitoru, it was submitted to the Parliament and I take responsibility for it.  It is a food governing programme, for which other political forces in Romania have also taken responsibility when they were governing. I have been designated backed according to the Constitution, I will note in the parliament if I am supported by the majority.  My Government will be political because the political class needs to take responsibility for getting the country out of the crisis. The structure of the Government will be created after debates with the parties. If I cannot form a national union Government, I will play the majority card, and then one formed by PDL.


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