The new parliamentary coalition comprises of the Democratic Party (PD) of Marian Lupu and Vlad Plahotniuc, the Liberal Party (PL), as well as 14 MPs that defected from the Communist Party (PCRM), 8 MPs that defected from the Liberal Democratic Party (PLDM), and one independent. Theoretically, this is a 56-strong majority in a 101-seat Parliament; it should be able to appoint a Prime Minister.
As the article correctly notes, if this group of misfits fails to settle on a Prime Minister by January 29, this will automatically trigger new elections, which are highly likely to result in more wins for the pro-Russia parties.
Right now, the pro-EU faction is in disarray after its most charismatic and beloved (esp by Romanian politicians) leader, Vlad Filat, got arrested on corruption charges, leaving the most odious thug in the country (Plahotniuc) as the Obi-Wan Kenobi* of the failing pro-EU bloc.
* – a reference to the 1977 Star Wars movie, in which Princess Leia says, “Help me, Obi-Wan, you’re my only hope!”