Romania’s liberal Prime Minister Florin Citu faced calls to resign Thursday after he abruptly sacked a member of the junior coalition who criticised him over a pricey development project.
Citu, who has been prime minister since December, announced late on Wednesday that he had dismissed Justice Minister Stelian Ion, a member of the reformist USR-PLUS party.
At the heart of the row is a controversial 10 billion-euro ($12 billion) development plan for local communities pushed by Citu and his National Liberal Party (PNL), the senior party in the centre-right government.
Critics of the plan say the proposal lacks transparency and is being used by Citu to buy the support of powerful local politicians ahead of internal party elections this month.
The project needed Ion’s approval…
Source: Guardian Newspaper