Romanian lawmakers oust government

Associated Press / October 14, 2009

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BUCHAREST, Romania - The government fell yesterday in a confidence vote in Parliament, with lawmakers saying it has failed to improve the economy after it went into recession following three years of growth.

Lawmakers voted 254-to-176 to oust the centrist minority government of Prime Minister Emil Boc. It was the first time Parliament had dismissed a government since communism ended in 1989.

Boc said that his government “has lost a battle and not the war.’’

He said that lawmakers voted against him because of pension reforms, which would reduce lawmakers’ and other high-end pensions.

Although the vote ostensibly was aimed at punishing Boc for his economic performance, it comes before Nov. 22 presidential elections, which President Traian Basescu is favored to win for a second term.