Romanian prime-minister Emil Boc announced today the replacement of six key ministers in the government he is leading, amidst public dissatisfaction with the recent austerity measures which included slashing public sector salaries and a VAT hike from 19 to 24 percent.
The decision to reshuffle the cabinet was taken by the internal board of the Democrat Liberal Party PDL, which controls the coalition government formed last year.
The replaced ministers are Adriean Videanu (Economy ministry), Sebastian Vladescu (Finance ministry), Mihai Seitan (Labor ministry), Mihail Dumitru (Agriculture minister), Gabriel Sandu (Communications ministry) and Radu Berceanu (Transport ministry). They have been replaced with Ion Ariton (Economy ministry), Gheorghe Ialomiteanu (Finance), Ioan – Nelu Botis (Labor), Valeriu Tabara (Agriculture), Valerian Vreme (Communications) and Anca Boagiu (Transport.)
Former Economy minister Adriean Videanu told the prime-minister that he wanted to quit to return to party business, while former Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu qualified his dismissal as a “mistake and a political decision.”
The opposition Social Democrat party announced they will file a motion of no-confidence. Boc’s Democrat Liberal party enjoys the support of the minority ethnic Hungarian party, with whom it formed the current government.
The previous government formed by current prime minister Emil Boc collapsed last year, which led to the temporary suspension of Romania’s agreement with the IMF.