Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Sinaia on Saturday said that the existing number of votes “is not even close” to the number required for a censure motion to pass, adding that the current majority is a “solid” one.
“The majority must be ensured by the Government at the moment of asking for the vote of confidence. On December 15, we asked for the vote of confidence and we had a comfortable majority. In the censure motion that will certainly be filed by the Opposition, because, in the end, it is a natural thing (…), those who filed the motion must gather the necessary number of votes. I believe the current majority is solid and I believe that in the censure motion it is good to debate what the Government is doing, what the future government, the ‘to be elected’ government, to use an expression belonging to the Opposition, wants to do, but this majority will function until the elections at the end of 2016,” Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Victor Ponta told a press conference.
Referring to some MPs missing from the meetings in Sinaia, the Social Democrats’ leader showed that the absence was “on leave,” underscoring that who will vote in the censure motion was important.
“The absence here of some was on leave. The important thing is (…) who will come to vote the censure motion. We shall see at that time. From what I have discussed with our coalition colleagues, not only from the PSD, but also from the National Union for Romania’s Progress(UNPR), the Conservative Party (PC), the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) – the number of votes isn’t even close to the required number for passing the censure motion,” Victor Ponta emphasized.