Romania postpones govt no-confidence vote until next week

Romania’s Parliament has postponed a no-confidence vote on the government of Prime Minster Viorica Dancila until next week

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Romania’s Parliament has postponed a no-confidence vote in the government of Prime Minster Viorica Dancila until next week so it doesn’t take place during the weekend when some lawmakers may not be present.

Opposition parties joined forces Wednesday to make sure that the vote wouldn’t take place on Saturday, as had been initially intended by a parliamentary committee. Lawmakers from parties opposed to Dancila saw the unusual weekend decision as an effort to keep the motion from passing.

Dancila has been leading a minority government since late August, when the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats quit the governing coalition with her Social Democrats.

The motion to call a no-confidence vote was signed by 237 lawmakers and 233 votes will be needed for it to pass.

While facing her critics in parliament, Dancila has nominated Gabriela Ciot, one of her foreign ministers, as the country’s commissioner in the incoming European Commission. Romania’s previous candidate, Rovana Plumb, was rejected by the European Parliament’s legal committee over some undisclosed personal loans.