The political status in Romania
Romania’s ruling coalition collapses as the Social Democratic Party (PSD) junior partner quits. On 26 August, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) decided to quit the government. Without their support, the pressure mounts on the PSD who is seeking to form a new majority in Parliament to rule the country.
This is the latest of a number of setbacks for the ruling party. From the poor results of the European elections to the arrest of PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea, on corruption charges. The protests of early August and the resignation of the Interior Minister, Nicolae Moga, in early August seem to have precipitated the end of the governmental coalition, but it was the decision of Viorica Dăncilă to run for the presidential elections in November which led to ALDE announcement that they had lost trust in the PSD.
Romania will hold a presidential election on 10 November, with centre-right incumbent Klaus Iohannis, a vocal government critic, hoping to be re-elected. If no Parliamentary majority can be found by the PSD, snap elections may be held before the end of the Parliamentary mandate in late 2020.