Romania’s ruling leftists filed a no-confidence motion in parliament on Sunday against their prime minister, Sorin Grindeanu, escalating a conflict which government critics say reflects internal rifts over anti-corruption policy.
The Social Democrat Party (PSD) and its coalition allies withdrew their support for Grindeanu, 43, last Wednesday (June 14 2017).
Grindeanu refused to resign and was expelled from the party.
Independent observers said the PSD is likely unhappy with Grindeanu’s failure to relax Romania’s anti-corruption rules earlier this year and wanted to oust him to ensure a different premier does more to protect party seniors facing graft charges.
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