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Romania: Leading Political Alliances Form Coalition Government

By Nestor Ratesh

Bucharest, 6 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - Romania's main center-right political groups, which won general elections last month, agreed today on a new coalition government which pledges to put into effect economic reforms.

The accord was signed by MPs of the three groups, each of which represents a number of small parties. The groups are the Democratic Convention (CDR), the Social Democratic Union (USD) and the Hungarian Democratic Union (UDMR). The parties hold 287 of parliament's 486 seats.

Prime Minister-designate Victor Ciorbea must present his new Cabinet to Parliament for approval on Monday.

Ciorbea said he is confident the coalition will help the new Cabinet implement what he called its "ambitious but difficult" targets. These include far-reaching economic programs such as privatization, fighting corruption and reforming the banking system.