Romanian Government Survives Confidence Vote

Romania’s center-right Liberal Democratic government narrowly survived a no confidence vote on June 15.
Romanian Government Survives Confidence Vote
Protesters gather in the front of the Romanian Parliament fence as police take up defensive positions during an anti-government protest in Bucharest on June 15. (Daniel Mihailescu/Getty Images)
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Protesters gather in the front of the Romanian Parliament fence as police take up defensive positions during an anti-government protest in Bucharest on June 15.  (Daniel Mihailescu/Getty Images)
BUCHAREST, Romania—Romania’s center-right Liberal Democratic government narrowly survived a no confidence vote on June 15 against its proposed austerity package.

The censorship motion, “stop social genocide,” was put forward by 120 opposition members from the Social Democratic and Conservative parties. It failed before a full house in Parliament, announced senate secretary, Liberal Democrat George David.

David said that between the two houses of Parliament 425 votes were cast, 228 votes in favor of the censorship motion and 197 votes against. Three votes were invalid. The motion needed 236 votes to pass.

The austerity measures propose cutting public sector salaries by 25 percent, and pensions by 15 percent, in addition to imposing drastic cuts in the public sector, including social benefits.

Approximately 5,000 people gathered on Tuesday outside the Romanian Parliament to protest against the government’s unpopular austerity plan, say organizers. Romanian police prevented protesters from entering the building.

Trade Union Confederation Cartel Alfa says it is ready to continue the protests over the following days. Meanwhile, lawmakers continue to accuse each other of being unable to find viable solutions to the country’s economic woes other than cutting employee wages and pensions.