Democrat-Liberal Vasile Blaga was elected last night with 69 votes, defeating the Social Liberal Union’s candidate, Titus Corlatean, who obtained 63 votes.
Two votes were invalid. 68 votes were necessary to elect the Senate Speaker, meaning the majority of all 134 Senators. However, yesterday two senators were absent, Verestoy Attila from UDMR, and Miron Mitrea from PSD. The former Senate Speaker, Mircea Geoana did not cast his vote. The election of the new Senate speaker was made by secret ballot voting of balls.
After the vote, Blaga said he would do his best to recover for the delays in the adoption of the laws currently on the Senate time table. Blaga thanked Mircea Geoana for the efforts made as Senate Speaker, saying he usually sees the good things, not the shortcomings of his predecessors.
In his turn, Titus Corleatean reiterated USL would challenge the vote at the Constitutional Court, invoking the Senate Regulation which stipulates Senate Speaker’s position goes back to PSD. Nevertheless he congratulated Blaga for his victory.
National Liberal Party (PNL) group supported Titus Corlatean, while the leaders of senators with the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR, Fekete-Szabo, Andras Levente and Serban Mihailescu), confirmed their endorsing Vasile Blaga.
Ahead the vote, former speaker Geoana addressed the Senate plenum, thanking his fellow senators for their cooperation during his term and apologised for not attending the voting choosing his successor, saying he can’t do it, politically and humanly speaking. “I think you understand that I am in an almost impossible situation – a voting apparatus with a dual no-vote button is yet to be invented. Excuse me for not participating in this important vote,” he said.