Romanian PM survives no confidence vote as lawmakers abstain: party sources

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 29, 2015 5:55 AM

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday, two party sources told Reuters, his first major test since becoming the country's only sitting premier to stand trial for corruption.

All three parties in Ponta's coalition abstained, leaving the main opposition Liberals, who had hoped to lure defectors from the ruling camp, short of the 275 seats needed to topple the prime minister, the sources said.

"The opposition motion didn't pass. No ruling party deputy has cast a vote," a ruling party lawmaker told Reuters by telephone from parliament.

A ruling party senator said: "The censure vote failed. We all abstained."

(Reporting by Radu-Sorin Marinas; editing by Matthias Williams)