Romania has lost its second PM in 7 months after Mihai Tudose’s own political party withdrew its backing
Romania loses second PM in 7 months. Romania has lost its second prime minister in seven months after Mihai Tudose’s own political party withdrew its backing. Romania was thrown into fresh political crisis Monday as the second prime minister in a year said he would resign “tonight or tomorrow morning” after losing his Social Democrat party’s support.
Mihai Tudose’s resignation comes amid growing tensions with PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who cannot be prime minister because of a suspended jail sentence he received for rigging a referendum.
The Social Democrat (PSD) prime minister said he was resigning „with his head high”. The party has been riven by a power struggle which also claimed his predecessor, Sorin Grindeanu, in June.
It has struggled to win public confidence after ballot-rigging and other corruption scandals. At the same time, Romania, one of the EU’s poorest member-states, is enjoying strong economic growth.
Romania’s 2018 budget plan envisions economic growth of 5.5% and a deficit just below the EU’s ceiling of 3% of gross domestic product, Reuters news agency reports.
What’s going on?
The PSD leadership voted overwhelmingly to withdraw its support, an unnamed member told Reuters by telephone.
Reports say Mr Tudose fell out with his party’s powerful president, Liviu Dragnea, after sparring with a Dragnea ally, Interior Minister Carmen Dan.
Last week, he called for Ms Dan’s resignation, accusing her of publicly lying to him. Now he is resigning himself.
„I did not want to break the party,” Mr Tudose said on Monday. „They named me, they removed me. I take responsibility for my deeds and I do not regret anything in my actions [as prime minister].”