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Mihai Razvan Ungureanu facing first no-confidence motion

USL will file today its first no-confidence motion against the government sworn in nine weeks ago.

The opposition’s no-confidence motion centres on the situation registered at UMF Targu Mures. The no-confidence vote will also be the opposition’s first Parliamentary action in the current sitting that started on February 1, the date on which USL MPs went on strike. According to the announcement that USL Co-President Victor Ponta made at the start of this month, the opposition wants to sanction PM Ungureanu for setting up a Hungarian-language faculty within the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF) in Targu Mures, which entailed “giving in to UDMR,” for “giving in to foreign interests in order to sell what is left of our resources” and for “giving in to the desires of the barons still remaining within PDL.” The latter refers to the government decision that offered funds to the mayoralties controlled by Democrat-Liberals. Most of the ruling coalition members, namely PDL, UDMR and the MPs representing ethnic minorities, announced yesterday that they will not vote the no-confidence motion. If the motion does not go through the joint plenum of the two Chambers, the opposition will file another no-confidence motion on June 10. At the same time, Elena Udrea, President of PDL Bucharest, stated on Thursday evening on RTV that Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu is currently PDL’s best solution for the Presidential elections in 2014. On the other hand, former Presidential spokesperson Valeriu Turcan believes that the Prime Minister’s position in voter confidence polls is “insufficient for a person that wants to win the elections” and that his future depends rather significantly on whether PDL will devour him or not. “Had he refused to earmark the funds that the party had asked for, Ungureanu would have been removed from office by PDL,” he stated. According to a GeoPOL analysis quoted by ‘Q Magazine,’ Ungureanu’s major vulnerability is his association with President Traian Basescu and the PDL leaders that want to endorse his political moves, while a confrontation with Basescu would outline his profile as independent manager and could allow him to attract in his future party “critical voices of good quality.”

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