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Six MPs have resigned from the Democrat-Liberal party (PDL) to join the opposition USL alliance in the last week, reflecting discontent over austerity policies and concern over their seats in parliament with an election due in November.

Data published by parliament on April 24 showed the USL was only 13 seats short of the 231 majority its needs to topple the government in a motion filed over its plans to sell natural resources.

Analysts initially said the opposition had almost no chance of toppling Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu – who came to power in February after anti-austerity protests, inheriting the previous coalition. But his position is looking more uncertain.

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