Emil Boc quits after weeks of protests against his government’s cuts.
Emil Boc, Romania’s prime minister, has resigned after weeks of public protests against austerity measures.
In a televised address, Boc said: “I took this decision to release the tension in the country’s political and social situation, but also in order not to lose what Romanians have won.”
Boc’s centre-right government has cut public-sector wages and raised value-added tax in an attempt to stabilise the country’s economy as part of an agreement with the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund. Thousands of Romanians have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against the measures and Boc’s approval rating has fallen to below 20%.
Traian Băsescu, the country’s president, has named Cătălin Predoiu, the justice minister, as the new head of government. Parliamentary elections have to be held by November at the latest.
Boc’s centre-right Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) was governing in a coalition with the UDMR, an ethnic Hungarian party, and a number of independents. The main opposition party, the centre-left Social Democrats (PSD), has around 50% support in opinion polls.