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Romania: Government Reshuffle Appears Imminent

Bucharest, 4 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Romanian media say President Emil Constantinescu this afternoon holds talks with leaders of the governing coalition to discuss a Cabinet reshuffle.

The talks follow a week of debate in political circles, and speculation in the media of possible changes in the Romanian government.

Over the weekend, Constantinescu himself said he favored a major reshuffle in order to accelerate economic reform.

The center-right coalition has been criticized by members and opposition leaders alike, for the slow pace of implementing economic reform. The Chairman of Romania's upper house of Parliament, Petre Roman - leader of the junior coalition partner, the Democratic Party - says his party is ready to leave the coalition. But, Roman said his party is prepared to support a minority government.

Most Cabinet members responsible for economic-reform issues are from the coalition's senior partner, the National Peasants Party of Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea.