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Romanian government to face no-confidence vote on Saturday

October 2, 2019 GMT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s Parliament says a no-confidence vote on the government of Prime Minster Viorica Dancila is set for Saturday.

The decision was criticized by opposition parties, which saw Wednesday’s unusual weekend scheduling decision as intended to keep the motion from passing.

Dancila has been leading a minority government since late August, when the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats quit a governing coalition with her Social Democrats.

The no-confidence motion was signed by 237 lawmakers and 233 votes will be needed for it to pass. Dancila predicted it would fail.

Meanwhile, Dancila has nominated Gabriela Ciot, the Foreign Ministry’s state secretary for European affairs, as commissioner in the incoming European Commission. Romania’s previous candidate, Rovana Plumb, was rejected by the European Parliament’s legal committee over some undisclosed personal loans.