Selin ATAY-TDO-Romania's government has collapsed after losing no-confidence vote weeks ahead of a presidential election.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was defeated amid dramatic scenes by 238 votes in favor of the motion - five more than needed in the 465 house.

Prime Minister Dancila's Social Democrats (PSD) have been in power since 2016. She was appointed in January 2018 as the first women prime minister but the third prime minister in seven months.

President Klaus Iohannis said in a statement: "today Romania won. The fall of government is the natural result of society's response to the inadequacy of government."

President Klaus Iohannis will now choose a replacement government. He will hold talks with all parliamentary parties, with new elections due in late 2020.

President Iohannis now has three options for a new government: a center-right coalition led by the National Liberals, a center-left alliance under former PM Victor Ponta, or a caretaker cabinet.

The latest political crisis started back in May when the ruling social democrats recorded their worst results in the EU elections. Then in August, the junior coalition partner withdrew its support. For some in the Romanian opposition, the only way out of this crisis is a snap general election.

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