The government of Oscar Ribas fell because he was exploring the possibility of instituting a broader system of taxation in order to combat a growing budget deficit. By a vote of 20 to eight, the General Council removed his government on 25 November 1994; only the members of his own party voted for him. Forné was chosen to replace him because he was viewed as a well-educated moderate who would continue reform, but at a slower pace. Forné assumed power on 21 December 1994. Forné remained Executive Council president following the 1997 and 2001 elections when his party won the majority of seats in the General Council.