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December 9, 2022

PDL secretly working on criminal complaint against Geoana

Ruling Democrat Liberals got order from leaders Emil Boc, Vasile Blaga and Radu Berceanu to solve a Senate activity deadlock in order to salvage the party’s image, daily ‘Romania libera’ reports. PDL is miming peace for the public and for the eyes and years of IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn who is expected in Bucharest on March 30. The Fund official is known to be primarily interested in the country’s pension law, which is now with the Senate labour committee and that is why the activity blockage in this chamber must be solved. The tension emerged after PDL unsuccessfully tried on three occasions to have Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana, a member of the opposition, removed from office. According to sources quoted by the newspaper, PDL leaders are now plotting a new attack on Geoana. “We intend to file a criminal complaint for office abuse, as his conduct has already turned penal. He does only what he wants, as if he owned the Senate,” the sources said. In the meantime, Democrat-Liberals have put into motion plan B in their attempt to remove Geoana – they will turn to the independents. Having announced that they would temporarily put their action on hold, the Senate ignited again, this time over Geoana’s refusal to put on the agenda a request by independent MP Serban Mihailescu to become a member of the regulations committee. PDL is counting on independents’ using Geoana’s refusal to accuse him of abuse.

Meanwhile, their political ambition of overthrowing the Senate speaker costs tax-payers EUR 106,000 every day, ‘Evenimentul zilei’ said. The budget allocated to the Senate stands for a daily cost of EUR 106,000 per day, working or not. The total amount exceeds EUR 1 M.

The Senate stall makes the Romanian Parliament work de facto in a unicameral regime. The state of affairs reinforces widespread feelings of mistrust in the legislative body, but, most of all, it provides ammunition for the Constitution revision plans to switch to unicameralism, ‘Evenimentul zilei’ further writes.

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