bne IntelliNews -
Romania's Social Democrats endorsed on December 14 the reshuffling of both the ruling coalition and the cabinet, in a bid to shore up the government following Prime Minister Victor Ponta's defeat in the presidential elections.
The ethnic Hungarian UDMR party has officially decided to pull out of the government, but UDMR president Kelemen Hunor said that Hungarian lawmakers would approve the new cabinet in exchange for lower ranking positions in the public administration. The Conservative party (PC) of Dan Voiculescu, who is currently in jail for corruption, and the small UNPR party of retired general Gabriel Oprea were given one more seat in the cabinet, and the newly formed reformist Liberal party PLR of Calin Popescu-Tariceanu (which separated from the opposition PNL) will join the coalition.
The balance of votes should in principle secure smooth endorsement of Ponta's new cabinet. Ponta had made clear that PSD lawmakers voting against the new cabinet would be expelled.
Among the other key changes:
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