Romanian Prime Minister Florin Cîțu was toppled in a no-confidence vote, intensifying political tensions that have already sent the national currency to a record low.
The Romanian Parliament convened on Tuesday to debate and vote on the no-confidence motion initiated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in Bucharest as rivals and former allies lined up to remove Cîțu, who’s been in power for less than a year but fell out with his main coalition partner, according to Bloomberg.
Cîțu’s opponents easily control sufficient seats which have brought him and his government down.
To overthrow the government, 234 votes were needed. The three parties, Social Democratic Party (PSD), the Union to Save Romania (USR) and the Alliance for the Unity of Romanians (AUR) that wanted to oust the Prime Minister, had 281 votes.
“Citu’s government fell with a big margin, way above the minimum required,” an opposition deputy overseeing the ballot boxes said.
President Klaus Iohannis will have to nominate Cîțu’s replacement and with no clear end to the political deadlock, Iohannis may take his time determining the best course of action.