Parliamentary election on 9th December
The Romanian government has announced that parliamentary elections will be held on 9th December.
In the 2008 general election the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) won 115 seats and emerged as the largest party. They formed a coalition government with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) but the two parties fell out in 2009. A new coalition government was then formed with the PDL, the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR).
Following massive street protests against the government and after several attempts to form a new government, in April of 2012 the Social Liberal Union (USL) comprising the Social Democratic Party (PSD) along with the Conservative Party (PC) which took 114 seats in the 2008 general election as well as the National Liberal Party which took 65 seats formed a new government under Prime Minister Victor Ponta.
In July the USL government launched an impeachment referendum against the incumbent President Traian Băsescu. This was unsuccessful and the president took up his office once more last week after having been suspended for several months.
It is against this instability in the political system that the general election will be held.