Romania political crisis: 2nd PM resigns in 7 months

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The political scenario in Romania is witnessing much chaos and humdrum as it lost its second Prime Minister Mihai Tudose after being ousted by its own party.

Earlier in June 2017, Romania’s erstwhile Prime Minister, Sorin Grindeanu, was also ousted by the ruling alliance between leftwing Social Democratic Party (PSD) and The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) in a similar fashion. The sitting members of Parliament passed a vote of no-confidence against Grindeanu accusing him of delays in planned economic and social reforms in the country. Grindeanu responded to the allegations by blaming Liviu Dragnea, PSD’s powerful leader, who has been barred for contesting for PM due to ballot rigging and money laundering charges, but still sits on the throne of the party and “concentrates all the power in his hands.”

Romania political crisis: 2nd PM resigns in 7 months
Ex-PM Sorin Grandeau

Similarly, Tudose can be viewed as a victim of Dragnea’s dirty-game politics who resigns from his position “with his head held high”. Last week, the now-ex-PM asked his interior minister, a close ally of Mr. Dragnea, to resign, accusing her of lying to him. She refused, sparking a conflict between the two men. Deputy Prime Minister Paul Stanescu will serve as an interim Prime Minister until he formally submits his resignation to the country’s president, Klaus Iohannis.

Tudose’s resignation comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to visit Romania on Tuesday. Abe is on a six-country European tour that already has taken him to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Bulgaria. the controversial and undemocratic practices of PSD and Dragnea’s despotic presence in the parliamentary system is going to derogate Romania’s economic growth in the long run.