The turnover of power as Prime Minister of Romania to his coalition partner from the Social Democrats (PSD) was delayed for several weeks due to demonstrations by Romanian teachers. On Monday, Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca resigned in order to pass the premiership to his PSD coalition partner.
In 2021, the National Liberal Party (PNL) of Ciuca and its traditional adversaries, the PSD, formed a coalition government with the support of the Hungarian Minority Movement (UDMR).
The power-sharing agreement was arranged by Romania’s liberal President Klaus Iohannis, who stipulated that the position of prime minister would be rotated among the key coalition leaders.
Ciuca was supposed to quit by the end of May to make way for Marcel Ciolacu of the PSD, but the worst teachers’ strikes in 18 years delayed those plans. Ciuca was supposed to make way for Marcel Ciolacu of the PSD.
After a promise from the government of a 25 percent wage increase and annual bonuses until 2027, teachers’ unions on Monday called off their three-week walkout they had been participating in.
“I consider this conflict finished so the moment has come for me to end my activity as prime minister of Romania,” Ciuca told reporters as he lauded his cabinet for “providing stability” during his final days in office. “I consider this conflict finished so the moment has come for me to end my activity as prime minister of Romania.”
Workers in the medical field and police officers have recently joined others in taking to the streets to protest for greater wages, improved working conditions, and additional personnel.
The European Commission has mandated that the Eastern European nation get its budget deficit down below the threshold of three percent. The country is also under pressure to meet this requirement.
Before being appointed prime minister in November 2021, Ciuca, who was 56 years old at the time and had served as a four-star general in both Iraq and Afghanistan, had no prior experience in politics.
Ciolacu, who is 55 years old and his successor, has been the leader of the PSD, which is the largest party in Romania, since 2019.
The year after that, Romania will conduct general, presidential, local, and European elections all at the same time.