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Romanian president’s dispute with ruling party likely to reduce presidential authority, indicating gradual foreign policy realignment

10 May 2018


Romanian President Klaus Johannis requested on 7 May the resignation of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, a member of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (PSD), arguing that her execution of the budget programme was unsatisfactory.

Johannis previously withdrew his trust in the prime minister on 27 April after Dancila declined to attend a meeting to discuss foreign and economic policy between the PSD-led majority, the president, and the central bank. However, Johannis, the former leader of the opposition centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL), does not have the power to dismiss the prime minister. PSD leader Liviu Dragnea assured that Dancila retained the support of the ruling majority and stated that there was no reason for her to resign.

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