Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu says he refused to attend the ceremony at Deveselu because he found out the Honour Guard was going to salute Premier Dacian Ciolos despite the fact that Tariceanu should have been the one to receive the salute bearing in mind that his office of Senate Speaker is the second-highest in the state, behind the office of Head of State.
“I received an invitation from the U.S. Embassy and I decided to attend. That morning, I found out that at Deveselu there was going to be a ceremony that entailed the Prime Minister reviewing the Honour Guard, but I was there too. In the state’s hierarchical order, the office of Senate Speaker is superior to the office of Premier, so the Guard should have saluted the Senate Speaker. Secondly, I found out that the one who was going to speak there was still Ciolos, and I was going to be given a very honouring seat – I was going to stand alongside the Mayor of Deveselu. So then I said that if I’m invited there to be a puppet, to look good for the cameras, then I’d better mind my own business, because I do have things to do,” Tariceanu stated on Tuesday evening on B1TV.
The explanation came after Tariceanu had so far avoided explaining his refusal to take part in the event, arguing only that “sensitive” issues are involved. When previously asked why he did not attend the ceremony at Deveselu, the Senate Speaker pointed out that “it had to do with respect for institutions in a constitutional order.”
After several politicians expressed their dissatisfaction for not being invited, Premier Dacian Ciolos pointed out that “the invitations to the ceremony as well as their contents had the U.S. Embassy as the main actor (the U.S. being the owner of this defence site in Deveselu), of course, in consultation with the Ministry of Defence and the other Government institutions with prerogatives in this domain.”
Senate Speaker’s scenario: Ciolos Gov’t to become caretaker government until Parliamentary elections
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, present in Targu Mures on Tuesday, launched a scenario according to which the Ciolos Government would be toppled and Premier Ciolos would remain at the helm of a caretaker government until the parliamentary elections.
“From a political point of view, from the point of view of the Government’s efficiency, a censure motion has long been in order. The problem is its timeliness. So we are talking about two things: the first concerns government efficiency and, based on this, I haven’t seen such a catastrophe of a government in a long time. Too bad there are some who are standing out in the Government, even Prime Minister Ciolos, but he is starting to take upon himself the others’ non-efficiency,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated at a press conference in Targu Mures.
The Senate Speaker pointed out that he discussed this topic with Liviu Dragnea and the decision will be taken after the local elections.
“We can only notice that the local elections and the parliamentary elections are separated by 5 months, and we have to think whether a censure motion that could leave Ciolos in office at the helm of a caretaker government would not be a better solution than to have Ms. Pruna passing ordinances that hold citizens’ rights and freedoms in contempt. I am glad the things we signalled are starting to be criticised by other segments of society too,” Tariceanu added.
ALDE Co-President Daniel Constantin had a similar position.
“I believe the censure motion was necessary several months ago, ever since we saw the Government’s inability to manage the country. However, we should analyse after the local elections the timeliness of a censure motion. After the local elections we will sit at the table with all those who voted alongside us, or alongside whom we voted, namely PSD, and we will analyse the timeliness of filing a censure motion,” Daniel Constantin added.