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September 18, 2020

Ordinance regarding migration of local politicians, overruled by deputies

Emergency ordinance no. 55 /2014, regulating political migration of locally elected politicians failed to pass voting in the Chamber of Deputy meeting. It was a subject of final voting during Wednesday’s meeting, but the necessary number of favourable votes that would grant its applicability was not achieved. The Chamber of Deputies is the first to acknowledge this legal act, while the Senate is the institution that has the right of decision.
PM Victor Ponta, who is also a deputy, attended the voting.
The ordinance was criticised during discussions by PNL, PSD and PPDD representatives who declared that they would vote against it, because this law “creates an opportunity for electoral fraud” and is a “political abomination”, because the Parliament should not suppose “opportunistic political wandering”.
After emergency ordinance 55 failed to pass voting at the Chamber of Deputies, Victor Ponta declared that no one of the politicians who had moved to another party will lose their positions. “I think nobody would lose their position. Not even those who had migrated to PNL and PDL”, the Prime Minister declared. There were 195 positive votes, 110 negative ones and we needed eight more. Our colleagues of UDMR explicitly declared they did not want to vote and were not present among de Deputies. It will be discussed at the Senate meeting.”, Ponta declared.

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