Romania's Ponta Eyes New Pact With Ally Ahead of Election

Party sources told Reuters that Romania's ruling Social Democrat party will seal a new partnership with a junior ally on Thursday, looking to secure its grip on power before a national election in 2016. Prime Minister Victor Ponta's government has looked vulnerable to defections ever since his surprise defeat in a presidential election in November. Two smaller political parties have already pulled support from his coalition in the aftermath. A new deal with the National Union for the Progress of Romania will provide crucial support for Ponta's cabinet, giving it a functioning majority and thwarting potential attempts by the opposition to topple the cabinet in a censure motion.