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- Romania’s ruling Social Democrats are anchored in the rural regions, where votes are based on community relations and concerns about poverty, not corruption. Party leaders typicaly surround themselves with loyal, obedient people, not visionaries. Faced with this system, some young politicians rebel or simply leave the party.
- The party has faced heavy criticism during the past year for adopting policies that caused uncertainty and confusion in the economy.
- Social Democrats will announce on Friday a new cabinet led by MEP Viorica Dancila, but most ministers from the dismissed cabinet are set to keep their jobs, party members said. The names will be announced on Friday.
- Party chief Liviu Dragnea said on Monday that even party members investigated for corruption are eligible to hold cabinet positions.
- Meanwhile, party leaders are readjusting their governance program, after their justice and fiscal policies were met with intense criticism. Inflation has been growing and the national currency has plunged to a historical low.