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May 6, 2021

Ruling coalition will lose Senate majority, PSD warns

Social Democrat Senators’ leader Ilie Sarbu told RFI yesterday that in a month or two, the ruling coalition will lose its majority in the Senate. “There are enough colleagues who are in doubt. We have talks with them, this is no secret,” he said, adding that the majority could be changed as early as next week if negotiations are successful.

Sarbu voiced confidence that when the Social Democrats and the Centre-Right Alliance (made of Liberals and Conservatives) seal their broad coalition this weekend, this will upset the balance of power in both chambers. Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana, a Social Democrat, also voiced hope on Wednesday that the new alliance will have as primary goal obtaining the majority in the upper house. The ruling coalition has a very fragile majority in the Senate, having only one seat more than the opposition. Since the start of the current parliamentary season on Tuesday, the power has however managed to gain majority in the Standing Bureaus of both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, by naming representatives of the independent group of lawmakers instead of opposition MPs.

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