Romania's conservatives leave coalition

Dec. 4, 2006 at 2:48 PM
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BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Romania's Conservative Party left a ruling coalition Monday, raising fears the government could be left without a parliamentary majority.

Seven members of the Conservative Party, including Deputy Premier Bogdan Pascu, Economy Minister Joan Kodrut Seres, state secretaries and heads of government agencies, stepped down from the Cabinet, the Romanian Web site reported Monday.

Romania's President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu had a 1-hour talk in Bucharest Sunday evening but officials revealed no further details.

Monday, Popescu-Tariceanu said the withdrawal of the conservatives "does not equal a minority government," as the Conservative party said it will keep on supporting the government in parliament.

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