The Romanian government has resigned in a body
Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc stated that the government he headed had resigned after several weeks of mass public protests against the austerity policies, he introduced, Reuters reported.
"It's time to make important poilitical decisions. From this point of view, I have decided to abandon the government's mandate", Prime Minister stated at a meeting of the Cabinet.
Explaining the decision on the resignation of the government, the Premier said that he had made such step "to improve the political and social situation in the country".
The protests began in the capital even on January 12. Almost daily, the protesters have been holding marches in the center of Bucharest, demanding the resignation of the government and the country's president Traian Basescu. The discontent of the inhabitants of European Union member Romania is caused bt the government's tryies to carry out a program of budget cuts, including reducing of the number of social programs.
Fulfilling obligations to the International Monetary Fund, late last year, the authorities began to introduce austerity policy. This year, the government must cut public sector salaries by 25%, the VAT rate has already been increased from 5% to 24%, Gazeta.ru reported.