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Romania: Parliament To Examine Proposed Cabinet

Bucharest, 10 December 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Our Bucharest correspondent reports that the Romanian parliament is expected to vote on Prime Minister-designate Victor Ciorbea's proposed cabinet on Wednesday.

The proposed cabinet, which was announced yesterday, was to be examined in parliamentary committee hearings today.

The new government comprises 27 ministers and state secretaries, mostly drawn for the conservative Democratic Convention (CDR) which finished first in elections last month. As a result, it will have a majority in parliament. But outgoing Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said yesterday that the Party of Social Democracy (PSDR), which has ruled Romania from 1992, would support the new cabinet. Ciorbea's coalition has vowed to carry out what they feel are ambitious but difficult economic reforms.

The Social Democratic Union has been given seven portfolios in the new government, including foreign affairs, defense and labor.

Another coalition partner of the new government, the National Peasant Christian Democratic Party, was awarded two state ministry posts -- reform and finance -- as well as seven ministers posts and two state secretaries. Another party within the CDR, the National Liberal Party, has five ministers.