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Romanian government falls amid backlash against austerity

The Romanian government fell on 27 April, losing a no-confidence vote after being in office less than three months. Ousted Prime Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu of the centre-right Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) failed to achieve the necessary support in parliament amid a series of unpopular austerity measures and growing discontent with widespread corruption. President Traian Basescu designated opposition leader Victor Ponta from the Social Democrat Party (PSD) as the new Prime Minister. Ponta's Social Liberal Union (USL) coalition is formed by the Social Democratic Party, the National Liberal Party (NPL) and the Conservative Party (PC). In the 7 May confidence vote, the USL gained the support of 284 members, giving the coalition absolute majority in parliament. The collapse of Ungureanu's government took place while a joint mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union was reviewing the country


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