Romanian PM fires health minister

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Romania’s PM Florin Citu announced on Wednesday he has fired Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu after weeks of mounting tensions over how to handle the new coronavirus pandemic, potentially endangering the centre-right coalition government, Reuters reported.

Voiculescu is part of the centrist USR PLUS alliance alliance and was one of the biggest hopes of the young reformist party when the current tripartite coalition government was sworn in last December, BalkanInsight.com noted. Some leaders of Prime Minister Citu’s National Liberal Party, PNL, have openly questioned Voiculescu’s fitness for the post in recent days. He had come under criticism before the latest tragedy after a video was published last weekend showing non-Covid-19 patients carrying their belongings out of a Bucharest hospital in the middle of the night to make room for patients infected with the virus.

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