Romanian parliament approves new Ponta cabinet

Picture taken on November 10, 2014 shows Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta giving a press conference at the government headquarters in BucharestRomanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s revamped government sailed through a vote of confidence in parliament Monday on a promise of continued economic growth and improved social programmes. “I want 2016 to be the fifth consecutive year of economic growth, based on a social model that is not associated with suffering and austerity,” Ponta said in a speech to both houses of parliament. Romania’s Social Democratic premier of the past two-and-a-half years also pledged to step up the fight against tax evasion and make better use of European Union funding. Budget Minister Darius Valcov’s remit was expanded to include finance.

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