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April 11, 2021

UDMR’s Kelemen: I had a discussion with PM Dancila, told her no support for Gov’t reshuffle

The chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) stated on Wednesday that he had a discussion with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, whom he told that the representatives of the Union will not support a Government reshuffle in Parliament.

“I had a discussion with Mrs. Dancila in which I told her what our position is. Very clearly, elegant. As I said last week, I told Mrs. Dancila that we cannot support the reshuffle. So it was a discussion that was absolutely correct, no pressure, no hard feelings,” he showed in a press conference at the Parliament.

Furthermore, the UDMR head mentioned on Wednesday morning that he had a meeting with the chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban. Kelemen Hunor reminded that UDMR will support a censure motion, but also said that a delay in submitting it could determine a reorientation of pro and against forces in Parliament.

“We met this morning, he called me last week to meet. We do not have conditions. We discussed, he said how he sees things. I told him how I see things. I said that it’s a waste of time (to delay the censure motion – e.n.). It was a perfectly normal discussion. We made an analysis, There are no conditions, there is no pressure. We wait, because there’s nothing else to do,” the UDMR representatives mentioned.

When asked if he would support Ludovic Orban for Prime Minister, Kelemen Hunor stated that the discussion is “far too premature” and showed that this subject will be approached when there’s a censure motion.

On the other hand, Kelemen Hunor denied that the introduction on the agenda of the Senate of the draft according to which national minorities get proportional representation in administrative institutions is part of a negotiation with the PSD.

“We discussed this draft with nobody. Neither Mr. Orban, nor Mrs. Dancila, nobody. It is our draft and voting for it would mean that sense of normalcy we’ve been waiting for 30 years,” he said.

UDMR leaders stressed that his party will back up a no-confidence vote, adding that a delay in its submission could cause a reorientation of the pro- and anti-PSD forces in Parliament.

“Today is the first time since 2017 that a no-confidence motion can pass without any problem. I believe that those who have already announced tabling it have already wasted one week. If they waste another week, they may be in for a big unpleasant surprise: a reorientation, because that’s how it has been in the Romanian Parliament for 30 years, that’s how things are in Romanian politics, and to wake up to the realisation that the government has a majority, it has 233 votes to reshuffle. (…) Any waste of time, any delay in tabling the motion by any kind of arguments (…) will give the feeling that the opposition does not want to take over the government. That’s not good, because I believe at this moment now it is important to find a new formula for the government, a new government,” Kelemen told a news conference at Parliament Palace.

The UDMR leader stressed that, despite media accounts to the contrary, the UDMR will not support the Government.

“In May, before the European parliamentary elections, we made the decision that we will no longer support the Social democratic Party (PSD) – Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) government. Since then, nothing has changed. Last week, at the meeting of the united groups, then at the convention of UDMR’s Council of Union Representatives (CRU), we discussed these issues and concluded that the decision still in force remains: no more support for the government (…) There will be no support for a minority government, for a reshuffle,” said Kelemen.



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