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June 13, 2021
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Move to oust Geoana from Senate office, on hold

The request to remove Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana from office was withdrawn yesterday from the chamber’s Standing Bureau session agenda, by vote of opposition Social Democrat and Liberal MPs. According to Standing Bureau sources quoted by Mediafax, the decision was made with seven favourable votes out of 13. PSD and PNL Senators had seven votes, while the six Democrat Liberal and Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania Senators refused to vote. The quoted sources say PDL and UDMR Senators did not cast their vote because they plan to have the request to remove Geoana included on the plenum’s agenda directly. PSD leader Victor Ponta said declared on Monday on Antena 3 that those who want Geoana replaced at head of Senate will not be successful, underlining that the move is in violation of Senate regulations. Ponta’s statement comes in response to another one made by Liberal leader Crin Antonescu who was saying on the same TV channel that he didn’t believe it is possible to prevent Geoana’s toppling. However, Antonescu pointed out that if Geoana is eventually replaced, this will be in blatant violation of Senate Regulations by the “state party, which is PDL” and by the head of state. Antonescu also said President Traian Basescu is no longer attacking Parliament because he stopped having problems with this institution, having the political majority. “Now his problem (President Basescu’s problem – editorial note) is Mircea Geoana,” Antonescu said.


Sources quoted by QMagazine pointed out that the president intends to offer Geoana’s seat to ex FM and former PSD member Cristian Diaconescu, provided that the latter distances himself from Gabriel Oprea’s independents.

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