The MPs of the Save Romania Union (USR) intend to lodge a motion of no confidence this week, alongside MPs from other groups, USR Chairman, deputy Dan Barna announced on Monday.
“Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow we will table the motion of no confidence. We continue discussions with all MPs from the governmental and from the Opposition as well – obviously things are going better there, as it should be. As soon as we have new data, we will communicate them to you,” Barna declared in Parliament.
He added that he does not wish talk about the number of votes, until the negotiations concerning the motion reach a conclusion.
“As I have said before, I am cautiously optimistic regarding this motion of no confidence. (…) I did not have any discussions yesterday with Mr. Ponta [leader of Pro Romania, ed.n.],” Dan Barna added.
Asked if he talked with the representatives of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), he said: “It [the discussion with UDMR, ed.n.] is one of the topics that we are discussing these days, including today. There will undoubtedly be talks with everyone.”
As regards the existence of a nomination for a prime minister, in a future government that would replace the Dancila Cabinet, Barna showed that at the time, the motion of no confidence is at stake.
“All the other topics regarding the alternative prime minister are verbalized by one person or another. But today the stake is to see whether the motion can raise the number of necessary votes, then we will also discuss about alternatives for the prime minister,” the USR leader showed.
PNL announces it will file the no-confidence this week. The timetable of the action will be decided on Tuesday
Raluca Turcan stated on Monday at the Parliament that the timetable of the no-confidence motion against the Dancila Government will be decided at the Tuesday meeting of the PNL Executive Bureau, and mentioned that the motion will be filed this week.
“Tomorrow (on Tuesday – e.n.) we will announce the exact moment and the timetable of the no-confidence motion”, stated the leader of the PNL MPs Raluca Turcan, in the context in which the next meeting of the PNL Executive Bureau will be held on Tuesday, at the Parliament.
Asked if the no-confidence motion will be filed this week, the leader of the PNL MPs answered affirmatively.
Dan Barna announced on Saturday that it is very likely that the Opposition will file the no-confidence motion against the Dancila Government next week. In this context, the USR Chairman mentioned that President Klaus Iohannis has the legitimacy to dialogue with any parliamentarian of the Romanian state.
Asked if President Iohannis doesn’t violate the Constitution by saying to the MPs of the majority to vote for the no-confidence motion, the USR leader answered: “My opinion is that he can have a dialogue with any parliamentarian of the Romanian state. It is strictly at his disposition how will he use this dialogue”.
Senate’s Tariceanu: Majority in Parliament is not changing for motion of no confidence to stand chance of passing
Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) considers that the majority in Parliament cannot change so that a motion of no confidence might stand a chance to pass, even if four deputies left from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and senator Adrian Tutuianu announces the formation of a new parliamentary group.
Tariceanu says that the majority will not change, especially if a reunited plenum will be organized, because “a more powerful army is coming” from the Senate.
“Thus, in parliamentary arithmetic, the major issue currently at hand is: If the Opposition, if it wants to lodge a motion of no confidence, does it have the necessary number or not? From the calculations that I have seen, they are 50 votes short of succeeding. So what they did last week – that there are four members of Parliament who deserted, so to speak, I do not believe that this fixes the matter. Two – I saw the former prime minister, Victor Ponta saying: ‘Yes, we would vote for a motion of no confidence, but if Orban’s PNL [National Liberal Party leader, ed.n.] were to come, then we will not make fools of ourselves by voting for this.’ I mean they do realize that the alternative offer is downright hilarious. So I take these matters very seriously, I am not patronising,” Tariceanu said in the Senate.
Another argument brought by the president of the Senate in favor of maintaining the current government is the importance of preserving political stability on the eve of Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“There are very serious matters. Political stability I believe is a very important aspect, especially now, on the eve of taking over the presidency. A government collapse would be very bad in this regard, for this reason and consequently, by analysing these transfers, in quotation marks, the majority in Parliament is not changing so that any motion of no confidence might stand a chance to pass,” Tariceanu showed.
“ Opposition censure motion is 50 votes short of happening “
Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Sunday evening that a motion of censure stands no chance of passing through Parliament at this moment, because the opposition is missing at least 50 votes.
“The assumptions for the censure motion are very simple (…) I do not dispute the right of the opposition to table a censure motion, I just think the time is not right. (…) The second aspect is of a strictly technical nature. If we count the votes of the Opposition we see that they are at last 50 votes short of succeeding. There is no chance for a censure motion to pass at this moment,” Tariceanu told Romania TV private broadcaster.
In his opinion, the attempt to force the overthrow of Liviu Dragnea as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies demonstrates that the Opposition is resorting to “desperate attempts” to grab power.
According to Tariceanu, the Opposition “seems in disarray” and President Klaus Iohannis “encourages” the overthrow of the majority, although none of the opposition political parties proved that it could represent an alternative to the government.
“We see that Mr. Barna [of the Opposition Save Romania Union (USR)] has had talks with the President of the country, who I can see that encourages his actions, but (…) the Opposition seems rather in disarray, there is no big deal with the National Liberal Party (PNL) or with USR; we cannot see anything to prove, however, that the Opposition could be an alternative. Unfortunately, this game also engages the president, with the various decisions he has taken, the discussion with Mr. Barna (…), the steps he has been taking to block government reshuffle, all this fits into a specific picture that clearly aims at the current majority being overthrown, but not through elections, which would have been normal. (…) This is not about some democratic steps. It is backstage, underground scheming, occult forces that try by various means (…) to overthrow the majority and the government,” said Tariceanu.
Victor Ponta: The Opposition hasn’t discussed with us about the no-confidence motion. If they will come with the fiddler’s joke that the Orban Government will follow, we will not support it
The Pro Romania Chairman Victor Ponta stated on Sunday at a press conference that the Opposition members haven’t discussed with the Pro Romania MPs on the support of a no-confidence motion; Ponta said that in this context he cannot support something “he doesn’t know”. Victor Ponta also stated that he wouldn’t vote for the motion if a Government headed by Ludovic Orban will replace the Government lead by Viorica Dancila.
“They haven’t discussed with us. They told absolutely nothing to us. It’s their business, let them do whatever they want. I don’t know what it is about. Since they told nothing to us, I cannot support something I don’t know. I think they have no chance if they don’t talk with Pro Romania. If they will talk to us, the chances are small, but doing it by themselves, it means they do it only for show”, Victor Ponta pointed out on Sunday, at a press conference, when asked if he talked with the representatives of the Opposition on supporting a possible no-confidence motion.
The Pro Romania Chairman mentioned he is for changing the Dancila Government, but he wouldn’t support a Government led by Ludovic Orban.
“If they don’t talk with anybody, it means they are not serious. We are already convinced that we must change the Dancila Government. But we want to know what will replace it. If they come to tell us the fiddler’s joke that the Orban Government will follow, we will not support it. But for now, no one talked with us, they don’t need 16 votes. It means they are not serious when they are doing it. I presume they didn’t talk with UDMR, too, or with the minorities… as far as I know, they didn’t”, Victor Ponta added.