BUCHAREST, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Romania's new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos failed on Wednesday to secure a majority of votes in the parliamentary vote of confidence.
The new government got only 88 votes, most of them from the center-right Save Romania Union (USR) led by Ciolos, far short of a majority of 234 votes in the bicameral parliament with over 460 seats.
This outcome is not surprising at all given the negative statements made by main political parties in Parliament to the new cabinet.
"Through the irresponsible vote against the USR cabinet, lawmakers rejected the only solution for Romania to have a functional government today and decided that it is more important to prolong the political crisis than solving the sanitary crisis," the USR posted on its social media account.
President Klaus Iohannis last Monday appointed Ciolos as a candidate to form a new government, after the center-right coalition cabinet of Florin Citu was toppled in a no-confidence vote. USR's withdrawal from the three-party ruling coalition, amid rows with the prime minister, caused the collapse of the cabinet.
Ciolos unveiled Monday his pick for the new cabinet made up entirely of his USR members, as the prime minister-designate lacks the support of the two largest parties, the National Liberal Party (PNL) led by Citu and Social Democratic Party (PSD), as well as most of the other smaller groups in Parliament.