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Hundreds protests against austerity in Romania

Carrying banners calling for the government to resign, they urged lawmakers to vote down a proposed 25-percent cut in public wages and 15-percent cut in pensions.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2010 17:14 IST

Hundreds of union members rallied in front of the Romanian parliament on Monday as the centre-right government sought a confidence vote for radical austerity action agreed with the IMF.

Carrying banners calling for the government to resign, they urged lawmakers to vote down a proposed 25-percent cut in public wages and 15-percent cut in pensions.

Earlier, the government met to add the final touches to the bills which Prime minister Emil Boc was to submit to parliament.

"The first bill includes measures aimed at tightening public finance," Boc told journalists.

The second one aims at eliminating privileges and 'special' pensions' for magistrates and former memebrs of the military, he added.

The opposition Social-Democrats and Liberals have already announced they would table a no-confidence motion in order to topple the government.

With discontent amongst the ruling Liberal Democrats growing, Boc insisted that the measures would enable Romania to curb its rising public deficit to 6.8 percent and obtain a vital new instalment of a 20-billion-euro aid package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union and the World Bank.

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