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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Démission du gouvernement roumain face à la rue

by Humanité

Pressure from the Street Forces Romanian Government to Resign

Translated Saturday 11 February 2012, by Kristina Wischenkamper

The Romanian government this morning submitted its resignation, after weeks of protests against its national austerity measures and ahead of parliamentary elections due later this year.

After adopting one of the worst austerity packages in the European Union, the Romanian government went on to reform the health system and privatize the emergency medicine sector. This proved too much for the Romanians who have been protesting non-stop in dozens of cities across the country and equally in front of Romanian embassies throughout EU countries. Trade unions, the Indignant Movement, political opposition: anti-austerity protestations were just too strong.

This Monday Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc announced not only his resignation but also that of his center-right government, whose approval rating has plummeted. "I made the decision to submit the resignation of the government," announced Prime Minister during a cabinet meeting broadcast live on television, a decision he justifies by the desire to "ease the political and social situation of the country ".

A meeting between President Basescu and those political parties represented in parliament is scheduled for later this morning. The announcement came a day after the end of a mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union giving the thumbs up to reforms carried out by the Boc government in recent months.

The Social Democratic Union (USL), which has brought together opposition groups, last week began a parliamentary strike, refusing to return to the House until the governing coalition agrees to early elections being held.

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