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Liberal co-chairs Gorghiu, Blaga announce censure motion next Monday, PSD’s Dragnea doubts it stands any chance

The National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chairs Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga have confirmed on Friday, at Poiana Brasov that the liberals are going to file a censure motion on the lack of credibility of Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s Government.

Gorghiu specified in a press conference, after the sitting of the PNL’s National Steering College that on Friday a political decision was gotten to file the motion.

“We have a prime minister indicted for corruption acts who refuses to resign. With Ponta as premier, Romania looks like a corruption-tolerating state,” Gorghiu asserted; she added that the national interest requires the premier’s resignation.

In his turn, Blaga announced that the liberals will organize a meeting in connection with the censure motion.

PSD’s Dragnea:“I do not think PNL’s motion of censure stands any chance”

Social Democratic Party (PSD) interim chairman Liviu Dragnea said Friday in Ploiesti that he does not think a motion of censure of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) stands any chance of passing, adding that the action cannot generate the replacement of Victor Ponta as the prime minister.

”I do not think [the motion of censure] stands any chance. PNL announcing yet another motion of censure is no news (…) It is not the PNL motion of censure that can generate the replacement of Victor Ponta,’ Dragnea said in response to a question.

Dragnea says that he maintains his support to Prime Minister Victor Ponta. He pointed out that Ponta’s situation after his indictment on Thursday will be discussed within the party and the ruling coalition.

“PSD continues to support remaining at rule and we shall also discuss with the colleagues in the coalition and in the party about this situation (…) We aren’t talking about supporting or not a commune mayor,” Dragnea said on Friday at a conference of the Prahova County chapter of the PSD in Ploiesti.

He stated that he still supports the prime minister and believes the party will do, too.

“I personally continue to support Victor Ponta, but we must discuss seriously within the party. (…) We shall also discuss [n the PSD’s Executive Committee meeting] about the situation of the prime minister and I believe the party will continue to support him,” Dragnea said.

Answering some questions, he appreciated that the situation created by Ponta’s indictment was “very difficult, because there are very important consequences equally for the party, for the governmental stability and for the country.”

Asked whether he has any agreement with the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) in case Ponta resigned, Dragnea said, “No. We cannot generate a conversation with the PNL on such topic. Categorically no, we do not have any agreement, any discussion with the PNL. Should it come to this [Ponta resigning as PM], which I do not know because the decision is his to make – but I hope he will stay strong – we will sort things out inside the coalition, we have nothing to discuss with the PNL.”

Dragnea added that there is no guarantee that President Klaus Iohannis will nominate another PSD member as prime minister if Ponta resigned, because he has not heard the President saying anything on this.

“He did not say so. (…) This is something the President has to say. (…) The President has a constitutional right to nominate a candidate for prime minister. (…) What I know is that Mr President Iohannis has so far talked about his wish to have his own PNL government,” added Dragnea.

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