Ponta to Romania lawmakers: Don't oust premier

Romania's ruling party voted Thursday to introduce a no-confidence vote against its own government after it wit

Romania's ruling party voted Thursday to introduce a no-confidence vote against its own government after it wit

Ponta said on Friday he would try to convince PSD lawmakers not to vote against their own government, warning that the party risked following in the footsteps of France's Socialist Party, which has performed dismally in this year's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea wipes his eye during a press conference in which he said prime minister Sorin Grindeanu, in office since January, failed to implement the party's governing program, in Bucha.

Romania's ruling party will submit a vote of no-confidence against its own government after it withdrew its support for the prime minister.

The move to oust Grindeanu gained momentum Monday after the chairman of the ethnic Hungarian party, Hunor Kelemen, said the Social Democrats should be allowed to "change ministers and governments" if they wished.

The motion, which criticizes the government led by Sorin Grindeanu for failing to meet the aims of the governance programme, was read during an extraordinary session of parliament attended only by MPs of the left-wing PSD and centre-right ALDE.

The motion accuses Grindeanu of "contempt for democratic rules. immaturity and political irresponsibility".

Ex-Prime Minister Victor Ponta, an ally of the prime minister, has called for talks with Dragnea to resolve the crisis.

Ponta said the party in-fighting would only benefit President Klaus Iohannis, a political rival, who has the power to nominate a premier who is then approved by Parliament. They now have 247 seats.

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