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March 6, 2021

Opposition moves closer to crisis gov’t plan, deal on PM

Opposition Social Democrat Party (PSD), National Liberal Party (PNL) and Conservatives (PC) agreed on Monday evening to set up a working committee to map out the joint principles of a possible crisis government, party leaders Victor Ponta, Crin Antonescu and Daniel Constantin announced after a meeting, according to Mediafax.
The working committee, made up of representatives of each party – Constantin Nita (PSD), Varujan Vosganian (PNL) and Maria Grapini (PC), was tasked to sketch a crisis government’s programme, in view of the opposition’s plan to install such a transition executive in case the current cabinet is ousted by no-confidence vote.
The three party leaders said after Monday’s meeting that they had no talks about possible ministers or prime minister and that the only thing they agreed on was the creation of this working group.
Earlier on Monday, PSD Secretary General Liviu Dragnea said the three opposition parties are planning to seal a written protocol to clarify and establish exactly the mandate and programme of a crisis governing. PSD, PNL and PC are planning to file a joint no-confidence vote against Emil Boc’s cabinet this parliamentary session and if the vote goes through, they want to seal a new parliamentary majority and set up a transition government to handle the country until early elections. This plan was initially rejected by PSD, which was hoping to appoint a prime minister and government alone, but the left-wing party reconsidered and even signalled it might accept PNL’s choice for PM.
Dragnea explained on Monday that the protocol planned by the three parties will clearly specify the name of the future PM and the fact that the crisis cabinet would have a limited, six-month term. He voiced hope that the protocol will be signed by the end of the month.
But while PSD has not put forth any possible PM candidate, Liberal leader Antonescu reiterated his party’s support for Sibiu Mayor Klaus Johannis to take on the position. Liberals nominated Johannis for the job before, when Boc’s previous cabinet fell by no-confidence vote last year, but President Traian Basescu rejected the proposal.

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