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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.
(DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

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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