Romania govt faces new no-confidence vote

BUCHAREST, Oct 29 (BestGrowthStock) – Romania’s opposition filed a
no-confidence motion against the coalition government’s
education reform plans on Friday, a move with almost no chance
of success, just two days after a similar bid had failed.
The cabinet of Prime Minister Emil Boc survived a
no-confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday over its deep
spending cuts and tax increases, needed to maintain an IMF-led
bailout for its recession-hit economy.

A vote in parliament could take place as early as next week,
but analysts said there was no danger of a government collapse.

“Given this week’s failure and the subject involved we see
very low chances to succeed,” independent political analyst
Cristian Patrasconiu said. “This is just an image exercise.”

Wednesday’s vote count showed 218 parliamentarians voted for
the leftist opposition motion, short of the majority of 236
needed to topple Boc, who has slashed public wages by a quarter
and hiked value added tax by 5 percentage points.

Boc thwarted the motion by imposing tight discipline on
coalition deputies, forcing them to abstain from voting. Since
the onus was on the opposition to achieve a majority,
abstentions effectively counted as votes for the government.
(Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Romania govt faces new no-confidence vote