Romanian prime minister resigns, second to leave in a year

Romanian prime minister resigns, second to leave in a year

Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose leaves a meeting of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) in Bucharest, Romania, January 15, 2018.

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose quit from his post after his party take back its support in the middle of the struggle.Mihai Tudose was appointed PM in June 2017, after his precursor, Sorin Grindeanu was drum out by the PSD and its junior coalition partner ALDE, who argued that Grindeanu had fallen behind schedule implementing a reform program.

"Tudose said he will submit his resignation by no later than Tuesday (Jan. 16) morning and will not stay in office as interim prime minister".

While the Social Democratic Party (PSD) announced it would come up with a new prime minister nomination today, the opposition parties are calling for early elections.

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"Romania needs a stable, honest, competent government which acts in the interest of society", said Dan Barna, leader of the Save Romania Union (USR). She refused. Dragnea retains a tight grip over both the ruling party and government. Tudose told reporters after the party vote: "I did not want to break the party".

An open row between Tudose and Interior Minister Carmen Dan, one of Dragnea's closest allies, over the way the latter handled a pedophilia case in the police force aggravated internal party skirmishes.

Romanian prime minister Mihai Tudose's resignation starts a new period of political uncertainty in Bucharest.

The PSD returned to power in December 2016 after a thumping election victory, promising to boost wages and pensions and to slash taxes, but nearly immediately hit problems.

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