The no-confidence motion titled “Enough! Dragnea – Dancila Government, shame of Romania!,” initiated by the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Save Romania Union (USR) and the People’s Movement Party (PMP), was filed with Parliament on Friday.
The document is signed by 163 MPs.
According to the regulations of the joint activity of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, the no-confidence motion, initiated by at least one third of the total number of deputies and senators, is presented to the standing bureaus and communicated to the Government by the Chamber Speaker the day it is filed.
The no-confidence motion is presented in a joint session of the two Chambers in maximum 5 days since its lodging. The debate on the censure motion takes place 3 days after it is presented in the joint meeting of the two Chambers.
The date and venue of the joint sitting, as well as the invitation to participate are communicated to the Government by the Chamber of Deputies Speaker 24 hours prior to it. For the adoption, the vote of 233 MPs is required. The voting is secret, with balls.
“The puppet government of the criminally prosecuted Dragnea must leave today! This is not a request of the Opposition, but a national urgency! The organised crime group, headed by Liviu Dragnea, who took over Romania’s leadership, has weakened the state, in order to subdue it, at a moment when we need to be stronger than ever. We strongly and in all responsibility state that it is dangerous for the national interests for the country to remain in the hands of this organised crime group, which is destroying the rule of law and dynamiting Romania’s political and economic stability, at a moment of international instability. Those who will try to save Liviu Dragnea again, against Romania, will bear a historical responsibility. Because the choice you will be making today, ladies and gentlemen of the PSD [Social Democratic Party], ALDE [Alliance of Liberals and Democrats] and UDMR [Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania], is between Liviu Dragnea and Romania,” the no-confidence motion texts reads, among others.
The Opposition parliament members reproach PM Viorica Dancila that all the commitments of the governance programme have been postponed after 2021.
The Opposition also accuses “the mistreat of the justice system, which is a bump in the road for the PSD leaders.”
The signatories of the motion make a call on their colleagues of Parliament in the end: “The favourable vote for the censure motion isn’t a vote for the initiators or one based on political colours! It is a vote for Romania, for saving the country from the claws of thieves and incompetents, who are draining it of resources and are impoverishing the population. Prove that you want lie and imposture be removed from Romanian politics! prove that you want Romania to be represented next year in the EU Council by a government and ministers we should not be ashamed of and the country be saved from a predictable economic collapse!.”
Joint Standing Bureaus: Motion of no confidence – read on Monday in Parliament; Thursday, to be debated and voted
The motion of no confidence titled “Enough! Enough! Dragnea – Dancila Government, shame of Romania!,” initiated by the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Save Romania Union (USR) and the People’s Movement Party (PMP) will be debated and voted on Thursday’s sitting, the Standing Bureaus of the two Chambers decided.
The motion will be read on Monday, at 16:00, in the plenary session of Parliament, and the debate and voting sitting will take place on Thursday, at 10:00hrs. There will be a vote by secret ballot, the Secretary of the Chamber, Georgian Pop said.
PNL’s Orban: Snap elections – best solution in case Government removed
The President of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, stated on Friday in Alba Iulia that, in his opinion, in the event of the Government being removed, the best solution would be snap elections given that the political options changed dramatically from December 2016.
“Our fundamental objective is to remove this government [through censure motion]. Any form of governing that will be formed, obviously will support the best formula in our viewpoint and which obviously can benefit the support of a parliamentary majority. Although I tell you that the best solution for Romania in the case of removing the Government is to return to the people because the political choices have changed substantially. They have dramatically changed compared to the political options expressed in the December 2016 elections. As a rule, when something like this happens in normal democracies in this world, snap elections are used to reset basically the Parliament,” the PNL leader told a press conference.
President Iohannis: Censure motion, an important test for both Opposition and Power
President Klaus Iohannis on Friday stated that the no-confidence motion represents an important test for both Opposition and Power and it would be “really strange” for this instrument to be yielded.
“The no-confidence motion is the main instrument of the Opposition in Parliament. It would even be strange for this instrument to be yielded. They have the right to file a censure motion once per session and they will do it. It’s an important test for the Opposition and for the Power,” said Iohannis.