The censure motion titled “Orban / PNL government – privatisation of Romanian democracy”, initiated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD), was adopted by Parliament on Wednesday.
There were 261 votes “in favour” and 139 “against”, as announced by acting leader of the Social Democrats, Marcel Ciolacu
“According to the provisions of the Constitution, the censure motion is adopted with the majority’s vote, that is at least 233. It is found that the majority of the votes necessary for the adoption of the censure motion have been met,” PSD deputy Lia-Olguta Vasilescu, secretary of the Chamber of Deputies has announced.
In his turn, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, explained that, “under the constitutional and regulatory provisions, Parliament adopts the censure motion and withdraws the confidence granted, and the Government conducts only the necessary acts such as the administration of public affairs until the appointment of the new Executive.”
PSD’s Ciolacu: Fall of Orban Gov’t, a very big step for the Romanian democracy
The interim chair of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, stated on Wednesday that the adoption of the censure motion is “a very big step for Romania’s democracy”, especially the wellbeing of Romanians.
“The Orban Government fell. It’s my opinion that it’s a very big step for Romania’s democracy, especially the wellbeing of Romanians. It was a mobilization as never seen before. Something like this didn’t happen before, for a motion to pass with such a score. I am glad, it means that many colleagues woke up. I didn’t manage to mobilize them as well as Mr. Orban did,” said Ciolacu at the Palace of the Parliament, after the vote on the censure motion.
He added that in this moment there is a political crisis triggered by Ludovic Orban and the National Liberal Party (PNL).
“We are waiting to be called to Cotroceni (Palace, ed. n.) by the President. I will have a discussion with Victor Ponta (Pro Romania’s leader, ed. n.) regarding a Prime Minister proposal, so that we have a common proposal. We do not have the issue of creating a majority, we did not create this crisis. Today I had a single discussion with Mr. Ponta and we agreed to go with a common proposal in what regards the Prime Minister,” said Ciolacu.
He mentioned that he will never vote for another Orban Government.
Orban, after adoption of no-confidence motion: Gov’t lands on its feet
Parliament is dominated by ”retrograde forces”, that have trampled on democracy, but the Government is landing on its feet, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Wednesday, after Parliament adopted the censure motion.
“A Parliament dominated by retrograde forces, (…) that has trampled on democracy, the fundamental interests of Romania, has decided today by censure motion the fall of the Government I am leading. As I have said before the motion, the Government is landing on its feet,” said Orban.
Parliament convenes in joint sitting to debate no-confidence motion tabled by PSD
The Senate and the Chamber of Deputies have convened in a joint meeting to discuss and vote on a motion of censure tabled by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) after Government passed legislation on two-round mayoral elections by assuming responsibility.
The meeting was led by Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, who has announced that 350 parliamentarians are in attendance.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and the members of his cabinet are also there.
Under a decision of the Standing Bureaus the Government had 60 minutes to talk, and the floor groups in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate as follows: PSD – 34 minutes, the National Liberal Party (PNL) – 18 minutes, the Save Romania Union (USR) – 7 minutes, Pro Europa – 4 minutes , the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) – 5 minutes, the People’s Movement Party (PMP) – 2 minutes, the National Minorities Group – 3 minutes, non-affiliated lawamkers – 6 minutes.
The censure motion “Orban / PNL government – privatisation of Romanian democracy” was signed by 208 PSD and UDMR lawmakers.
According to the signatories, the Orban Government must be urgently dismissed both because its change in the electoral system shortly before the elections violates the European standards, and because the adoption of such changes was made unilaterally, without consultation and debate, by the power assuming responsibility.
“The Constitutional Court has already told you, in its two rulings of January 29, 2020, that you are going the wrong way. That it is an abuse of power to come up with assuming responsibility for bills already under parliamentary procedure. That PNL seriously violates the Fundamental Law! Mr.Orban, you have opened a Pandora’s box that may have tragic repercussions on all Romanians in the future. Democratic rules are not optional!,” reads the motion.
“You cannot be in power and change the electoral law out of short-term interest, a few months before the election, to create an advantage for yourself. It is an obvious abuse of power. An abuse that blatantly violates the Romanian Constitution and standards of good practice defined by the Venice Commission and shared by all the member states of the European Union. We do not believe any of you wants to be a party to such abuse. (…) So, dear colleagues, given PNL’s desire to privatise democracy in Romania, please support this censure motion! Romania’s oath is not eastbound. Do not let them take Romania on that road!”
In order for the motion to prevail, 233 lawmakers have to vote for it. The vote on the motion of censure will be secret.
According to the Constitution, the Government may assume responsibility before the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, in joint sitting, upon a programme, a general policy statement, or a bill. The Government shall be dismissed if, after assuming responsibility, a motion of censure is tabled and adopted. If the Government has not been dismissed, the bill presented, amended, or completed, as the case may be, with the amendments accepted by the Government, shall be deemed as passed, Agerpres informs.
PSD and Pro Romania propose Remus Pricopie for Prime Minister
The interim chair of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, announced on Wednesday that he will propose for Prime Minister Remus Pricopie, with the support of Pro Romania as well.
“I had a discussion with Victor Ponta (Pro Romania Chair, ed. n.) and we decided to go together with a single nomination to Cotroceni (presidential palace, ed. n.) in the person of Remus Pricopie,” said Ciolacu, at the Parliament Palace.
Remus Pricopie was a Minister of National Education in the Ponta Government in the period between December 2012 – December 2014, and is currently the rector of the National School for Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA).
President Iohannis calls consultations with political parties to appoint the Prime Minister
President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday, after the Orban Government was dismissed as a result of the no confidence motion initiated by the Social Democratic Party that because of the PSD, the Government will no longer be able to continue the reforms begun. The President said that he convenes the parliamentary parties for consultations on Thursday at 12:00; and in the evening he will probably already announce the person appointed to lead the Government.
“The government will remain in office, things will move even further and it is not the case that we will get into a complicated situation,” the President assured.
“The first step in the elections was made,” the president said Wednesday evening. Tomorrow will be the second step, he said.