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Parliament leadership refuses to discuss Opposition’s request for committee of inquiry into no-confidence vote. Sorin Grindeanu on no-confidence motion: Maybe Liviu Dragnea wants to ask Brazil whether they use the open ballot system

The Joint Standing Bureaus of the Senate and the Lower Chamber have rejected the introduction on the order of the day of the request to set up a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the proceedings of the no-confidence vote that ousted the Grindeanu Government. The request had been lodged by the PNL, USR and PMP.

The request for the setting up of a parliamentary committee of inquiry was signed by PNL, USR and PMP parliamentarians who claimed that video recordings show that the no-confidence motion was voted by only 249 MPs, but 251 ballots were found in the urns.

“We consider that a clarification of what happened is normal, of how that vote that led to the ousting of a Government and the confirmation of another Government was possible and, likewise, to see what can be done so that such situations won’t be repeated. I don’t believe Parliament’s image stands to gain by maintaining this state of doubt as to whether the vote was rigged, or not, right within Parliament’s joint plenum, in the presence of dozens of video cameras,” USR Senator Mihai Gotiu stated.

“Unfortunately, they stalled and procrastinated the discussion and then the putting up for debate, within the joint plenum, of the setting up of this committee of inquiry for which we’ve also collected the necessary number of signatures – 120 – from the parliamentary groups of the USR, PNL and PMP,” he added.

 

Sorin Grindeanu on no-confidence motion: Maybe Liviu Dragnea wants to ask Brazil whether they use the open ballot system

 

Ex-Premier Sorin Grindeanu (photo) wrote on Facebook, on Wednesday, that Liviu Dragnea’s preoccupation should not be to “sit on the stairs” at the no-confidence motions against his own Government, in order to verify how MPs vote, and thus the Social Democrats’ leader should ask himself whether Brazil uses an open ballot system, lampooning the PSD President’s previous statements about the Rise investigation.

“I see Liviu Dragnea believes one must be a constitutionalist to know that the vote at the no-confidence motion is a blackballing vote! Well, no! You only have to have a modicum of respect for the law! As party president, Liviu Dragnea’s preoccupation shouldn’t be to sit on the stairs at the no-confidence motions against his own Government, in order to verify how MPs vote,” the ex-Premier wrote.

Sorin Grindeanu claimed that “maybe Liviu Dragnea wants to ask whether they use the open ballot system in Brazil.”

“To threaten your own MPs, to set up checkpoints at the vote, to force them to show the ballot which, from a constitutional standpoint, is secret – all of this is inadmissible. That is why I’ve notified the CCR. So that this would never happen again,” the ex-Premier concluded.

Referring to the notification that Sorin Grindeanu lodged with the Constitutional Court of Romania, on the issue of the secrecy of the no-confidence vote, Liviu Dragnea pointed out that “secret ballot is an option.”

“I believe the secret ballot is, after all, an option you use or you don’t. Voting in Parliament has taken place both via secret ballot and via open ballot, I believe the vote is important, I believe a person has personality, and there were people with great personalities, they voted the opposite way, also via open ballot. (…) I don’t have Mr Sorin Grindeanu’s constitutional training, hence I’ve asked the Constitutional experts and the legal experts from Parliament and they will draft the material to the CCR,” the PSD leader stated.

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