A motion called “Choose between Romania and Ponta, a compromised PM. Dismiss Victor Ponta” initiated by the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) was defeated on Tuesday at a plenary session of Parliament, as it garnered 207 votes in favour and 8 against, the motion needing 278 votes in favour in order to pass.
Alina Gorghiu: Ponta lives in a different reality; does not understand what happened to him
Co-chair of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) PNL Alina Gorghiu has argued that Prime Minister Victor Ponta lives in a wholly different reality and that the Power MPs will have to choose between kneeling in their benches and rising to the occasion.
“After Mr Victor Ponta’s speech, I understand only one thing: he lives in a wholly different reality that is his alone and nobody else’s in Romania. And there is another thing I understand, ladies and gentlemen, that he does not understand what happened to him. He finds himself in a situation in which none of us would like to be, but he refuses to acknowledge it,” Gorghiu told a plenary session of Parliament on Tuesday that debated a motion of censure filed by PNL.
She claimed that the Prime Minister barley has three-four Romanian citizens supporting him and they are the leaders of the parties making up the ruling coalition.
She said the MPs have to choose between crouching in their benches and rising to the height of public expectations.
As for Ponta’s accusations levelled at her, Gorghiu said that Ponta should prove if there is a shred of suspicion of her wrongdoings.
In her opinion, the Government is nil because the MPs of the ruling coalition are precluded from voting.
She does not believe Ponta will resign from office.
Ponta on motion of censure: There is no criticism of government in it
There is no trace of criticism of government in the motion of censure tabled by the Opposition, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Tuesday.
“I had to be before you today according to the constitutional provisions for a motion of censure. Unfortunately, I believe it is the duty of the initiators to explain what is happening today, because – besides the innuendo at me, which I have gotten used to – there is nothing before you criticising the act of governing; there is no opinion of the Opposition on how governing should be conducted and of course there is no solution in the unlikely event of the motion clearing Parliament. I think there is confusion stirred inside Parliament by more than just its initiators and clarifications are needed also for the people who were brought in under the rain. Probably they were thinking they came to protest against those who cut their pensions and wages, but to be honest [PNL co-chair] Mr Blaga is no longer what he used to be; there are more gendarmes and journalists than protesters. That is life. Time exhausts us all,” Ponta told a plenary session of Parliament .
He added that a motion of censure as provided for in the Constitution has to do with the activity of the government, economic and social measures, problems facing the population, whereas the current action of the Opposition lacks them all.
“I want to give you a quote from yesterday on which I totally agree and which the colleagues of the Democratic Liberal Party and PNL cannot contradict: Romania’s economy has important advantages: sustained economic growth, financial and currency stability, small public debt, a highly-trained workforce as well as many natural resources. Romania is an anchor of stability for its entire region,’ President Iohannis told American investors yesterday. That is exactly so and that is why we have to continue on this track that we present to our international partners,” said Ponta.
Ponta: “PNL’s intention to hide behind prosecutors is deeply wrong”
Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Tuesday accused the Liberals (PNL) of hiding behind prosecutors and expecting them to do the opposition’s job in their stead.
“I believe that the PNL-PDL [the National Liberal Party, the Democrat Liberal Party intention is that of always hiding behind prosecutors, of waiting for them to be the opposition instead of themselves is a profoundly wrong intention, that has no relation to democratic principles. I continue to believe that in Parliament politics is to be made and not justice and in the judiciary only the fundamental rights, liberties and responsibilities should be exerted in front of judges,” said the Prime Minister from the Parliament’s lectern, during the debates on the motion of censure.
Ponta accused the liberals of having as a “trademark” betrayal and that it treats political leaders depending on how they vote the motion of censure.
“Mr. chairman Dragnea is also a very good man if he votes, if he convinces the PSD [Social Democrat Party] to oust the Government. If not, he is a criminal, a baron, a man convicted for organizing the referendum that you’ve voted on yourselves and for which you campaigned together with us. (…) Mr. Oprea too is a very serious man if he betrays the Government. If not, he is a very bad man, who betrays the national interest and so forth. The idea is simple: betrayal and change, unfortunately, are a trademark for the party that in 2014 ran as a representative of ALDE [Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe] and on Monday morning woke up in the EPP [European People’s Party],” said Ponta.
Ponta: Mrs. Gorghiu knew very well what governmental contracts mean
Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Tuesday said he has never signed any contract with any state-owned company, but the firm that employed Alina Gorghiu, co-chair of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL), had several contracts with the State Assets Realisation Agency (AVAS).
“Mention is being made [in the motion of censure] about contracts. Never have I signed any contract with any state-owned company. I know that Mr Sova signed with some companies in the AVAS portfolio, then headed by [PNL’s] Teodor Atanasiu. So, you want me to resign because Mr Atanasiu and Mr Sova signed some contacts? What’s the point? Or maybe Mr Atanasiu was ill-advised by one of his female advisers who was also a lawyer and knew perfectly well what public contracts mean, or maybe Mrs lawyer adviser Gorghiu has forgotten. I have before me the following contracts: Gorghiu – Pop and Associates – AVAS, 25,000 euros plus Value-Added Tax (VAT); Gorghiu – Pop and Associates – AVAS, 10,000 euros plus VAT; Gorghiu- Pop and Associates – AVAS, 6,000 euros plus VAT. You are quite expensive, dear Mrs Gorghiu! Gorghiu – Pop and Associates – AVAS, 15,000 euros plus VAT; Gorghiu – Pop and Associates, 10,000 euros plus VAT,” Ponta said in a speech to a plenary session of Parliament that debated and voted on a motion of censure against Ponta.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta said, at the debate of the motion of censure, that it will also be voted on by “people who are under prosecution, convicted”.
“I’m sorry for Dan Motreanu. That’s life! But if you claim one thing you must support it until the end, but you know what, dear colleagues, I can hear Mr Predoiu, former candidate in Buzau in 2008, speaking of legality and the rule of law and about how members of the PSD [Social Democrat Party] will be taken away by police vans. Do you remember who else said that? I believe Mr George Scutaru, also from Buzau. Maybe Mr Predoiu will hear it,” said Ponta.
PNL’s Gorghiu: On my desk, since yesterday, is the resignation of Dan Motreanu
National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chairperson Alina Gorghiu stated, on Tuesday, that the resignation of Dan Motreanu is already on her desk.
“For me and for the colleagues in the PNL, Victor Ponta is not guilty until the judiciary decides one way or another. We, politicians, have no right to judge, nor to convict, but I wouldn’t have liked to say this at the lectern, but I will give you an example – on my desk, since yesterday, is the resignation of Dan Motreanu. Do you see anywhere, on anybody’s desk the resignation of Victor Ponta?” said Alina Gorghiu, in the plenary session of Parliament debating on the censure motion filed by the Liberals against the Ponta Government.
Her mention came in the context in which Prime Minister Victor Ponta said, at the debate of the motion of censure, that it will also be voted on by “people who are under prosecution, convicted”. “I’m sorry for Dan Motreanu. That’s life! But if you claim one thing you must support it until the end, but you know what, dear colleagues, I can hear Mr Predoiu, former candidate in Buzau in 2008, speaking of legality and the rule of law and about how members of the PSD [Social Democrat Party] will be taken away by police vans. Do you remember who else said that? I believe Mr George Scutaru, also from Buzau. Maybe Mr Predoiu will hear it,” said Ponta.
On Monday, prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have sent to court George Scutaru, former Presidential adviser, and Dan Motreanu, deputy chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, in a case regarding bribes for funding the electoral campaign. George Scutaru, who is under judicial control, and at the time of the offences a member in a leadership position in a party, and Dan Motreanu, a deputy and member in a leadership position in a party, were sent to court by the DNA for money laundering, together with Ana Maria Schaer, the administrator of a company.
PM Ponta to PNL’s Blaga: Those ousting me from politics will oust you too
Prime Minister Victor Ponta has expressed his conviction that those who have ousted him from politics will also oust the National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chair Vasile Blaga and added that the “PNL has become PDL [Democrat Liberal Party], it does nothing but take from others.”
“Let us end this motion quickly to relieve from embarrassment our colleagues from PNL-PDL. Because the critique of the government is made by the National Democrat Party and the UDMR [Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania], voting it should be you in the PSD [Social Democrat Party] and bringing people to the square [e.n. – to protest] should be, I suspect, also our job. Today the PNL has become the PDL, it does nothing but take from others. It takes from others, from their work. Otherwise, we have had both funny and sad moments. In the funny moments [category], as always – my distinguished colleague, Mr Hasotti, who said that someone who always repeats something probably has something wrong in the head. You can see you have a lady that each day requests my resignation, both in the morning and in the evening. The sad moment was represented by Mr Blaga, unfortunately, who said that he ousted me from politics. With all due respect, I also have a labrador at home who always believes he’s a tiger. Those who have ousted me from politics, unfortunately, I believe will oust you too and it is not fair for me nor for you. Remember this,” said Ponta on Tuesday at the end of the debates on the motion of censure in the Parliament’s plenum.
According to the Prime-Minister, it was proven once again that the current Government needs to improve many things and that there is no alternative to it.
“I am far from saying that it is a perfect, ideal governing, contrariwise, there are many things that we should do better. There is no alternative today to the current government. There is the possibility, together with the Coalition and the Opposition, to govern better in the coming period for those who in 2012 put us here and voted for us to implement the USL [Social Liberal Union; defunct, made up of PSD, PNL and the Conservative Party] programme and never make an alliance with the PDL,” concluded Prime Minister Ponta.
Thousands protesting in park near Parliament Palace
A few thousand persons have gathered, on Tuesday, near the Parliament Palace, for a protest organized by the National Liberal Party (PNL) in the context of the debate and voting of the motion of censure that the party has submitted against the Government.
The participants to the protest meeting have come bearing signs with slogans against Victor Ponta. They chanted, among other things, “Down with Ponta!” and “Resignation!”. The protesters also came bearing tricolour flags, vuvuzelas and bullhorns.
Taking to the stage set up near the entrance to the Izvor Park, where the protest is taking place, were leaders and notable members of the PNL. The roster was started by first deputy chairman of the PNL Cristian Busoi who stated that several buses with protesters were stopped from reaching the protest.
In his turn, senator Teodor Atanasiu, first deputy chairman of the PNL, referred to the reasons for which, in his opinion, Victor Ponta is maintained in the position of Prime Minister, stating that those supporting the current Prime Minister have a “hidden personal agenda” and are afraid of the opposition.
Among those holding speeches in front of the protesters were Anca Boagiu, Mircea Toader, Andreea Paul and Gheorghe Falca, Agerpres informs.