Foes in Romanian Governing Coalition Talks

Romania’s leftist Social Democratic Party, PSD, decided on Monday to start negotiations with its arch-foes, the centre-right Democratic Party, PLD, in order to form a new government.

“We were facing a difficult moment, as we decided to start discussions with our main political contenders. But it is in Romania’s interest to have a strong government, based on a large parliamentary majority,” said PSD leader, Mircea Geoana.

The Social Democrats’ main conditions for starting the negotiations are that the party of ethnic Hungarians in Romania, UDMR, be excluded from any future government.

Shortly after the PSD announcement, PLD leader Emil Boc said his party will announce later if it will accept to form a coalition government.

Only four parties have entered Romania’s new parliament: the centre-right Democratic Party, PLD, the Social Democratic Party, PSD, centre-right Liberals, PNL and the party of ethnic Hungarians in Romania, UDMR.

Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s Liberal Party said last week it would consider joining a coalition only if their anti-crisis measures will be adopted in the future government.

President Traian Basescu has to nominate a Prime Minister, with Parliament then voting on whether to back his choice. He said before the November 30 polls that he would prefer a centre-right government.

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