Romania Stays the Course, Despite Ponta's Fall

Nov 4, 2015 | 12:59 GMT
Candles commemorate the victims of a recent nightclub fire in Bucharest
Candles commemorate the victims of a recent nightclub fire in Bucharest, protests about which led to the resignation of Romania's prime minister on Nov. 4.

The prime minister's resignation is expected to calm the streets, but it will take time for politics in the capital to stabilize. Complex negotiations over the formation of a new government will begin soon; in the meantime, Romania will be governed by an interim administration. Both the ruling center-left coalition and the center-right opposition have good chances of positioning themselves to appoint the next prime minister. But regardless of which ultimately pulls ahead, the new government will be short-lived, since Romania is scheduled to hold general elections in late 2016, if not earlier....

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