Romania's coalition government, led by Social Democrat Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday, the second one in a year submitted by right-wing oppositions.
The vote was rejected at a joint plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, as it garnered only 161 votes in favor, far from the required minimum of 233 votes, half plus one in the 465-seat parliament.
MPs of the two governing parties, the Social Democratic Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, as well as those of the opposition Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania, attended the session, but did not cast a vote.
The motion called "Enough! The Dragnea-Dancila Government, Romania's shame!" was initiated last week by the National Liberal Party, the Save Romania Union and the People's Movement Party.
"The favourable vote for the censure motion isn't a vote for the initiators or one based on political colours! It is a vote for Romania, for saving the country from the claws of thieves and incompetents, who are draining it of resources and are impoverishing the population," said the no-confidence motion signed by the 163 MPs of the three right-wing oppositions.
Opposition MPs also reproached the cabinet led by Dancila that all commitments in the government program were postponed after 2021.
The prime minister said earlier that she was not afraid of the motion, as there was a parliamentary majority and she trusted her party fellows.
So far, the Romanian Parliament has brought down three governments through a no-confidence motion in 2009, 2012 and 2017, respectively.
The cabinet led by Dancila took office on Jan. 29 and survived a motion of no-confidence on June 27.