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Romania's ruling party goes to Parliament to remove premier

AP  |  Bucharest 

Romania's ruling party submitted a no-confidence vote against its own today after it withdrew its support for the prime minister.

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has refused to quit, sparking a political crisis.


Mihai Fifor, a Senator of the center-left Social Democratic Party read out the motion against Grindeanu, who is accused of not implementing the party's program. will vote Wednesday on whether to dismiss the

The motion accuses Grindeanu of "contempt for democratic rules... Immaturity and political irresponsibility." Grindeanu, in office since January, denies that he has underperformed. He claims the powerful party chairman, Liviu Dragnea, who can't be prime minister because of a conviction in 2016 for vote rigging, wants to install a party loyalist as

Ex-Prime Minister Victor Ponta, an ally of the prime minister, has called for talks with Dragnea to resolve the crisis. He has described the no-confidence vote as "an atomic war between the Social Democrats and the Social Democrats."

Ponta said the party in-fighting would only benefit President Klaus Iohannis, a political rival, who has the power to nominate a who is then approved by

The Social Democrats and their political allies need 233 votes out of a total of 465 seats to remove the

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First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 21:32 IST
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