The parliamentarians of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) will take part in the debate on the no-confidence motion tabled against the Dancila Government but will leave the room at the time of the voting, UDMR leader Kelemen Hunor announced on Wednesday morning. He said “it will be demonstrated” that the PSD-ALDE coalition has the majority even without the UDMR and that the motion would not have passed even with UDMR’s votes. Kelemen Hunor added that a parliamentary majority can be changed through a no-confidence motion but something more than “more or less coherent criticism” is needed for that. “Also needed is a vision on the future, a leader, a governing programme, a list of ministers with whom you can move forward, something that is lacking at this moment,” Kelemen Hunor said.
“We have decided that we will take part in the debates, we too will have something to say, just like each parliamentary group has several minutes, and we will state our point of view and leave the hall, we will be absent. So, there is no question of ensuring the quorum, of abstaining, of I don’t know what. We will not be in the hall, we will be absent at the time of the vote,” the UDMR leader announced.
He said that “it will be demonstrated” that the PSD-ALDE coalition has the majority even without the UDMR: “It will be demonstrated that the PSD-ALDE coalition has the majority even without us, and it will be demonstrated that the no-confidence motion would not have passed even with our votes.”
Kelemen Hunor stated that a parliamentary majority can be changed through a no-confidence motion, but something more than “more or less coherent criticism” is needed for that.
“The no-confidence motion is an essential instrument in what concerns the oversight of Government and it is even more than that – the result of the parliamentary elections can be changed, a parliamentary majority can be changed via no-confidence motion, but for that to happen something more than more or less coherent criticism is needed. Also needed is a vision on the future, a leader, a governing programme, a list of ministers with whom you can move forward, something that is lacking at this moment,” the UDMR President added.
UDMR has 30 Senate and House members.
On Wednesday, at 2 p.m., Parliament was set to debate and vote on the no-confidence motion against the Dancila Government, tabled by PNL and backed by USR and PMP. The voting was set to take place through secret ballots, however the Opposition’s chances of passing the motion were minimal, considering that 233 favourable votes were needed and the three parties only have 155 MPs.
In contrast to the 155 MPs of PNL-USR-PMP, the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition has 248 MPs who were set to abstain from casting votes on the no-confidence motion.
Several protests were scheduled to take place around the Palace of Parliament during the debate on the motion. One of them was staged by Save Romania Union (USR) MPs who asked citizens “to take a day off for Romania.” The Liberals also called on their sympathisers to take to the streets. Likewise, a “protest on wheels” was also announced. The supporters of the ruling power were also expected to rally in the area, according to statements made by Senator Claudiu Manda (PSD).
PNL’s Orban: Surprised with UDMR’s decision, convinced there are negotiations behind decision
National Liberal Party (PNL) leader Ludovic Orban voiced surprise on Wednesday with the decision of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) to leave Parliament’s plenum during the voting on the censure motion, saying that “there are probably some negotiations” behind the decision.
“I am surprised with UDMR’s decision, I am convinced that there are probably some negotiations that will soon be seen. (…) I have the conscience of fulfilled duty. PNL has done the right thing, we filed the censure motion at a time when only for the lawmakers of the power it is not clear that this government must be brought down and Dragnea’s power system must collapse. If the censure motion will not meet the necessary number of votes, we will continue the fight on all fronts with all the weapons we have at our disposal,” the liberal leader said after a meeting of the PNL MPs.
Ludovic Orban said that if the censure motion is not adopted, by autumn the number of those displeased in the parliamentary majority will increase.
“My feeling is that Dragnea’s end is near. Even if at this censure motion, all the persons displeased within the parties of the parliamentary majority do not manifest themselves, I am convinced that dissatisfaction will increase and I am also convinced that they will take up the courage and will manifest themselves in the autumn parliamentary session [in favor of a new censure motion],” he added.
The PNL leader also announced that PNL’s representatives will also propose to the deputies in the parliamentary majority to sign the request for the dismissal of Liviu Dragnea from the position of Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, in order to see how they react.
Ponta: Unaffiliated MPs with Pro Romania, to vote against Dancila Cabinet
Unaffiliated MPs with Pro Romania will vote on Wednesday in favor of the censor motion against Dancila Cabinet, Pro Romania leader Victor Ponta announced.
“Specifically, today, as opposed to PSD [Social Democratic Party, ed.n.]and PNL [National Liberal Party, ed.n.], I have faith in my colleagues, we have the advantage of being fewer, of course we will vote for the motion and without having to show me or the fact that we control the vote, it is not the case, all my colleagues present here said that they will be voting against Dancila’s Government,” Ponta said, in Parliament.
He added that the Pro Romania MPs find it impossible to support Dancila ‘s Gov’t that showed clear signs of “incompetence”.
“It is impossible for us to support the Dancila Government. It showed lack of governmental competence and we cannot back it. It is just as obvious that today no serious alternative has coalesced. Today’s motion’s failure … Mr. Orban, sadly, has made a grave error of judgment, PNL was mistaken and they have no chance today because they are not an alternative,” Victor Ponta added.
He also said that Pro Romania will try to create an alternative, alongside PSD and the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals (ALDE).
“Maybe then PNL and USR [ Save Romania Union, ed.n.] will back us, because we need another government, a competent one, well prepared that will not act upon one person’s orders. I hope that we will be better prepared this autumn, to build an alternative. I have spoken to all political leaders about what Pro Romania wants and intends to do. I believe that the only political leader with whom I have not spoken is actually Ludovic Orban. I forgot about Dragnea. As far as I am concerned, changing Mr. Dragnea’s Government with Mr. Orban’s is something unreliable, impracticable,” former prime minister shows.
Pambuccian: MPs belonging to national minorities will vote as they see fit
The MPs belonging to national minorities other than the Hungarian one will vote at the no-confidence motion as they see fit, Varujan Pambuccian, leader of the group, announced on Wednesday in a joint plenum of the Parliament.
“Our parliamentary group consists of 17 deputies, representing 17 organizations. We do not have a consensus on this motion, each will vote as they and their organization think fit. We will participate in the vote, we will secure the quorum and everyone will vote as they think fit,” Pambuccian said.