By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday, an official said.

Dumitru Pardau, parliament’s secretary, said the opposition fell 17 votes short of the majority it would have needed to topple Prime Minister Emil Boc’s government.

Wednesday’s vote came as 30,000 people protested in Bucharest against the government’s wage cuts and austerity measures, and as International Monetary Fund officials visited Romania to review the country’s ailing economy.

Romania took a $27.8 billion loan from the IMF, the European Union and the World Bank last year when its economy shrank by 7.1 percent.

It pledged to cut spending and the government took harsh measures, slashing public sector wages and increasing the sales tax.


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