The Democratic Liberal Government led by Emil Boc lost a censure motion vote in Parliament on Tuesday, becoming the first government of Romania to fall in such a manner in the country's 20 years of post-communism.
The motion censure was initiated by Liberals (PNL) and Hungarian Democrats (UDMR) and supported by the Social Democrats (PSD).
258 MPs voted in favor of the censure motion with 176 votes against it. In order to pass, the motion had to be voted by at least 236 MPs of a total of 471.
The Democratic Liberal (PDL) ministers will keep their seats for an interim period until a new government is chosen and voted by the Parliament. The interim Government cannot issue emergency ordinances.
UPDATE 1 PDL says UDMR did not keep their promise to vote against the motion
UPDATE 2 PSD leader Mircea Geoana supports a government of experts in various fields. "The (Boc) Government had no chance to resist", he said. PSD had withdrawn from a governing alliance with Boc's PDL earlier this autumn.
UPDATE 3 PM Emil Boc: We lost a battle, but not the war. The Government fell because parliamentarians did not want their pensions and privileges be eliminated
UPDATE 4 Marko Bela, UDMR leader: We would consult representatives of other parties and are waiting for the opinion of President Traian Basescu
to be updated