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August 5, 2021
EDITORIAL

National union Government? No!, no… yet, however, maybe…

On Monday, the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has installed in the official headquarters in the center of the Capital Tripoli. Since this spring, when it was established, GNA, supported by UN and by the international community, is trying to stabilize a dangerously divided country, in which the jihadist group Islamic State. On March 30, GNA’s designated PM, Fayez al-Sarraj, disembarked from a Libyan warship in the port of Tripoli; GNA’s establishment revived the hopes of getting out from the political, security and economic crisis in which Libya was, and especially of ceasing the violence that continued after the rebellion leading to Muammar Gadafi’s expulsion from power.

In Libya’s case, the national union Government is the optimal solution. But can it be also a solution in Romania, a country which, fortunately, is facing only an acute crisis of specialists involved in politics? This type of Government is mentioned more and more intensely lately, in Romania. But how did this idea slip again in the everyday life? Well, Vice PM Costin Borc itself was the one who mentioned, at a TV channel, that he wouldn’t “run from the idea of a national union Government” ad that the current technocrat PM Dacian Ciolos, could continue his activity in such a Government.

PNL and PSD, the main political forces in our country, reject unanimously the idea of a national union Government, making almost every day, at a time, statements to deny that this fact will be possible.

On Monday, PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated right after the National Political Bureau of her party, that it was “very clearly” decided, by voting, that PNL will not cooperate in any way with PSD after the parliamentary elections in autumn, “regardless the result”. She underlined that PNL does not agree the idea of a national union Government, because “the score of the parliamentary elections will not provide the prerequisite” of such a Government. And, as if it wouldn’t have been clear enough, Gorghiu insisted: “PNL’s decision is clear, we do not want a national union Government, we do not accept any kind of cooperation with PSD. It is a unanimously voted decision of PNL”. Loud and clear, to let all voters understand.

In his turn, PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated last week that there is necessary “to exist enough space in order to allow political competition to exist in Romania, otherwise it’s not possible”.

“PSD does not support the idea of a national union Government, the consensus around the concept exists it was earlier defined and established”, Dragnea stated.

But the question is if the two absolutely categorical opinions of the two leaders aren’t, actually, just a forced consequence of the coming parliamentary elections, in order not to disappoint and remove their voters.

Political leaders will have an essential role in designating the Prime-Minister, together with President Klaus Iohannis, whose position is very clear, as he wishes Ciolos, namely “my Prime-Minister”, to continue to remain in the Government.

According to Constitution, the head of state is obliged to accept as a PM, the proposal of a party only if this party obtained more than 50 percent of the seats, which is unlikely if we consider the results of the local elections in June, when PSD didn’t reach even 40 percent of the county councils, while PNL acquired just over 30 percent.

PNL seems to accept the idea that Ciolos could be further the PM, Alina Gorghiu recently stating that she wishes a person “like Dacian Ciolos” as the nomination for the PM position. Who’s the person “like Dacian Ciolos”? Catalin Predoiu, who was designated as a PM and who was sacrificed in the local elections battle, which were pathetically lost? They couldn’t produce other more efficient person, especially because they are much too busy to hide the inner trash under the carpet and to sharpen their weapons at all levels because of the PNL-PDL merger which left wounds that are still open, in particular in the county organizations.

In PSD, liviu Dragnea pawkily said that he could be the next PM, but it’s easy to imagine that President Iohannis will not accept him because he’s spotted (he currently has a suspended sentence in the case of defrauding the Referendum in 2012). On the other hand, Social-Democrats have not nominated yet a candidate to this position until now, probably because the inner battle for power is so fierce between them that they fear of a split exactly when  they need unity more than ever. Especially considering the presence of two alpha males, Dragnea and the former PM Victor Ponta, both having very high ambitions and causing divergences at large.

But we should notice UDMR’s position, an important decision maker of the last 26 years, which, as usually, lies in waiting like a skillful hunter who doesn’t hurry to attack, but is waiting to see what will be the best way to catch the best trophy. In this context, UDMR leader Kelemen Hunor recently stated that Dacian Ciolos could be a good PM “if he is assumed by a political party after the parliamentary elections”. It’s a very significant statement.

Let’s not forget that besides politics there is also the civil society which, for the first time in the recent history of Romania, has started to be more and more vocal. It indicated several times and in different ways, that it had enough of the same kind of politics and the same politicians, that it wants new people (only if we had them!), that it wants the country to be led by specialists, people who have performed in other areas, not in politics, who come with a new spirit, people who do not hesitate to give their coat and tie for a shirt and start collecting trash from the recent natural reserve, as Ciolos recently did, without looking for votes by that. It would be also a technocrat Government, to be more precise. Although, chances are very poor for this thing to happen, because of the very huge need to be supported by the Parliament where history have shown that generally political ambitions are dictating. Therefore, if Dacian Ciolos will further be the PM, he will be forced to act politically and he will probably become everybody’s target, while a national union Government wouldn’t be anything else but an expression of the impotence of the political class.

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