30 Jan 2018

New government in Romania - third time's the charm?

Yesterday evening, the cabinet led by the first female PM in Romanian history, Viorica Dăncilă, was sworn in by the President Klaus Iohannis. In the course of the last 12 months, this is Romania's third government.

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Viorica Dăncilă. Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

February marks one year since Romanians took to the streets to defend the independence of their justice system. Attempts of the political coalition led by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) to subordinate justice to politics, along with ill-prepared fiscal measures, have disturbed both the public and the business sector.

“The government should not ignore the signal sent by hundreds of thousands of Romanians who, for an entire year, have continued to support the rule of law on the streets.

There is a red line that people in power and decision-makers elected by the majority are not allowed to cross. It is not acceptable to impair the independence of the justice system,”

President Iohannis declared, while he took the oath of Viorica Dăncilă.

In the months to come we shall learn if the new Prime Minister is a real game changer or yet another loyal PSD player. 


Details from the story:

  • The PSD-ALDE coalition has formed the new cabinet.
  • The previous two cabinets that governed Romania over the past year were led by PMs Grindeanu and Tudose
  • According to Traian Basescu, former Romanian President currently in the opposition, this is a government “for an underdeveloped country”.
  • The new cabinet is composed of 21 members, 9 out of whom are women. This is the highest proportion of female ministers in a government since the 1989 Revolution.  
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