The National Liberal Party (PNL) will submit today, 5 June, the motion for a no-confidence vote against the Victor Ponta Government, the main theme being its refusal and the refusal of the political majority in Parliament to adopt the law introducing distance voting.
According to the draft motion quoted by stiripesurse.ro, the headline will highlight Victor Ponta’s attitude towards the right to vote and will also list other things the Government is to blame for, noting that each of those could become the subject of a new no-confidence vote. Some of them are the poor implementation of the healthcare card system, the ordinance on the taxation of tips and the ‘hostile attitude’ of PM Ponta on justice, more specifically the fact that he kept Darius Valcov in the Cabinet almost until his arrest, that he kept Liviu Dragnea in the Government until his conviction and, not least, the way in which the PSD majority managed the situation of ex-Minister Dan Sova whose immunity was protected by vote.
‘The National Liberal Party has drafted the distance voting law, the safest and most complete draft law so far. It was the result of a public consultation engaging associations of the Diaspora, NGOs specialising in electoral matters, constitutionalists and AEP specialists. It is a key-turn project the only reply the Power was able to give to was <What if the Romanian abroad sells his vote for a meat roll and a beer?>, voiced by Calin Popescu Tariceanu’ – reads the draft.
The motion also notes that the intervention of the President of Romania for finding a way in which political parties should identify a solution to the issue of the distance voting came against the systematic refusal of Victor Ponta’s majority to come up with solutions or discuss existing ones. ‘There is one solution left for this blockage right now: change the current government team through the democratic vote of the Parliament’, the motion further reads, according to stiripesurse.ro.
PNL refers especially to how the Government managed the presidential election of 16 November and remakes the sequence of events between the first round and the runoff election, reminding that the number of polling stations was never increased, as well as the fact that, by electing Klaus Iohannis, the voters penalised the premier and the PSD majority.
In addition, PNL also denounces the fact that the Government ahs not yet held partial elections to fill a total of 50 vacancies – mayors, county council presidents or MPs. PNL has already won three court cases where the Government has been ordered to organise partial elections, but that never happened. PNL says that is another way in which the Government blocks people’s right to vote.
Ludovic Orban: ‘We chose the distance voting as it is about human rights’
PNL First Vice-President Ludovic Orban said on Tuesday that PNL would submit the motion for the no-confidence vote on 5 June. The text of the motion will be read out in Parliament most likely next week and will be debated on a week later.
‘It will most likely be tabled on the 5th, the joint Standing Bureaus that need to decide on the time-table of the motion will meet on Monday, the 8th of June and then we will definitely know when it is read, debated and voted on (…). It will most likely be read out next week – on Wednesday – and the vote will take place the week after that’, the PNL leader said on RFI.
Orban said ‘there is openness among the MPs, especially in individual discussions, and in PSD and UNPR there is obviously a state of deep dissatisfaction with Victor Ponta and the operation of the Government’, but it is not known if the dissatisfaction ‘will count towards’ the result of the no-confidence vote.
Orban said the no-confidence vote could also have a number of other themes apart from the announced one – the distance voting – and that the initiators were open to negotiation.
‘If possible political partners wish to join in the motion and introduce other subjects for the no-confidence vote, we will be open. Anyway, we have a whole list of grounds for the motion. We chose the distance voting because we believed it was the most important one, as it is about fundamental human rights’, the PNL leader also said during his intervention in RFI.
Mircea Geoana allies himself with PNL against Ponta Government
Senator Mircea Geoana announced on Thursday that he had decided to support the no-confidence vote against the Government PNL plans to submit on 5 June, saying that the perpetuation of ‘the sultan Ponta’ was the worst option for the country.
‘I have decided to support the no-confidence vote against the Government for a very simple reason – the perpetuation of the sultan Ponta is the worst option for the country. The same government that cynically blocked the right of Romanians abroad to vote in November 2014 is relapsing now. The way in which Ponta and his camarilla approach the distance voting and Romanians based in other countries clearly shows they don’t acre either about the life or the opinion of our children and brothers who make a living abroad. Many would happily return home tomorrow if they could find here decent living conditions and jobs to support their families. If Victor Ponta was concerned about governance half of what he is about the vote in the Sova case, perhaps such aims would be in process of resolution’, Mircea Geoana, ex-PSD President and founder of the Romanian Social Party, states on Facebook.
Vasile Blaga optimistic that UDMR will support action
PNL Co-president Vasile Blaga hopes UDMR will support the no-confidence vote to be submitted on Friday. He says the draft of the document was presented on Tuesday and appears optimistic that the Union will back the motion as ‘those are themes of interest to all Romanians’.
‘We talked to UDMR last week and agreed on the steps’, he said. ‘I am optimistic, as those are all themes of interest also to them, at the end of the day those are themes of interest to all Romanians’, Blaga also said.
‘I can understand the vote in the Diaspora could pose issues to certain parties for different reasons, considering the electoral threshold, but, as you can also see in the draft law (….) on general election there is also an alternative threshold, meaning that if you cannot make 5%, but you make a minimum of 20% in four counties, you send your representatives to that Chamber. There are such issues that I can understand also with UDMR, but I believe w will overcome them and they would understand that it is a very, very important subject to Romanians after all, the Liberal leader also said on RFI.
UDMR appeared sceptical about the possibility that it might endorse the no-confidence vote, the argument being that the topic – the distance voting – is not the most appropriate.