President Klaus Iohannis has convened on Thursday the parliamentary political parties for consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace for the appointment of a new prime minister.
“It takes a few political steps. I will convene the parliamentary parties at a consultation session that starts tomorrow [ed.n – Thursday] at 12:00 hrs. Tomorrow evening, after I finish all the consultations I will probably already announce the person designated to form a new Government,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Wednesday evening.
PNL went to consultations at Cotroceni Palace with Ludovic Orban as PM proposal
The PNL (National Liberal Party) leadership on Thursday decided to go to the consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace with just dismissed PM Ludovic Orban as PM proposal.
“We have decided today who will be our PM proposal, which also observes the decision of the National Council of the PNL. Our proposal is the leader of the party. Also, our delegation to the presidency will tell the President that we support the snap polls objective,” said Orban.
The PNL delegation which participated in the consultations with President Klaus Iohannis was made of: Ludovic Orban, Florin Roman, Raluca Turcan, Iulian Dumitrescu, Florin Citu, Robert Sighiartau.
Dismissed PM Orban: PNL aiming to make early elections possible
Dismissed PM Ludovic Orban said on Thursday morning that the objective of his party is to make early elections possible, to contribute to meeting the constitutional requirement that will allow the head of state to dissolve the current parliament.
He added that Romania is a prisoner of lawmakers “born from the pen of Dragnea who are holding the Romanian people captive.”
“The objective of PNL is to make early elections possible, to contribute to the constitutional requirements being met for the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, to dissolve the current parliament and allow the Romanians to choose a parliament to represent them,” Orban said at the end of a meeting of the PNL leadership at Parliament Palace.
Liberals’ pick for PM, Ludovic Orban: Early elections are necessary to ensure a fair representation in Parliament of the current options of the voters
After consultations on Thursday with President Iohannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, the freshly dismissed PM Ludovic Orban announced having presented to Iohannis the PNL decision to support the requirements for early elections being met.
“Our pick for prime minister is in accordance with the decision of the National Council, and it is the party chairman, namely me, Ludovic Orban. I also presented to the President the decision of the National Liberal Party to support the conditions being met for early elections being triggered,” Orban said.
In his opinion, early elections are necessary to ensure a fair representation in Parliament of the current options of the voters.
“Romania needs good governance, Romania needs a truly representative parliament, made up of honest, competent people, dedicated to serving the public interest, to truly represent the interests, objectives and aspirations of Romanian citizens. Romania needs a parliament to be an exact mirror of the current options of Romanian citizens and able to establish a stable majority, to support a government that will implement the measures of reform, modernisation, development of Romania at the fastest rate,” said Orban.
He added that he presented to Iohannis another decision made by the PNL National Council, that the PNL lawmakers should participate in the procedures for the voting in office of two governments, but not cast a vote in order to allow the dissolution of Parliament and early elections being triggered.
“Starting next week, we will have a dialogue with all the partners that have been with us and who are still with us, to establish a common strategy for triggering early elections,” said Orban.
The dismissed prime minister said he was “very pleased” with the government team and said that he could continue “in the same formula” if he was appointed to form the new government.
“On Monday, there will be a meeting of the Executive Bureau where we will make the decision related to the composition of the government, the government programme, but after we get the decision from the President of Romania.”
PSD’s Ciolacu not ruling out early elections
Acting national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu said on Thursday that the option of early elections is not excluded.
In a telephone interview to Digi 24, asked about the early elections, Ciolacu replied: “It is not a ruled out option.”
He said that the national leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, does not agree with Remus Pricopie as PSD and Pro Romania’s pick for prime minister.
“We had a conversation. We agreed to keep in touch,” said Ciolacu.
He also said that there are political groups that did not vote on Wednesday on the censure motion for fear of early elections.
“I still believe that the President of Romania will respect the Constitution of Romania,” Ciolacu said.
As for the censure motion, he said that “it is a victory for Romanians” and that the score was “surprising” even for the initiators.
PSD: We go to Cotroceni with a PM solution. President’s Iohannis refusal to accept PSD’s proposals will deepen crisis
On Thursday morning, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) announced that it will go to the Cotroceni Palace “with a clear solution for PM,” while specifying at the same time that the solution chosen by President Iohannis not to mandate PSD “will only deepen the crisis, instead of solving it.”
“We will go to the Cotroceni consultations with a clear solution of PM supported by PSD and Pro Romania. It will be a rational solution, according to the constitutional provisions! The solution elected by President Iohannis, who announced, before the consultations, that he will not mandate PSD, will deepen the crisis even more, instead of solving it. PNL and Orban do not hold the majority in Parliament right now. We saw that very clearly yesterday,” said the message posted on PSD’s Facebook page on Thursday.
The head of the state, as a guarantor of the Constitution, has the obligation to propose a PM able to form a majority. “It’s the President’s duty not to throw Romania into a long political crisis, with economic costs to be supported by Romanians, again,” reads the same source.
PSD’s Ciolacu, after consultations: We proposed Remus Pricopie as PM, final decision belongs to the President
SocDem interim leader Marcel Ciolacu on Thursday announced, after the consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, that he presented to President Klaus Iohannis the proposal to designate Remus Pricopie as Prime Minister.
“Following yesterday’s vote in Parliament, when the censure motion passed with 261 votes and the Government was dismissed, we were invited today by the President of Romania to take part in consultations. We came with the same proposal that you already know, namely Mr. Remus Pricopie, for Prime Minister. The decision belongs now to the President, it depends on him how long – a shorter or a longer period – this governmental and political crisis will last,” Ciolacu said.
USR’s Barna: Snap election, the moral, ethical, correct, necessary solution for Romania
The Save Romania Union (USR) Chair Dan Barna on Thursday said, after the Cotroceni Presidential Palace consultations, that he told President Klaus Iohannis about the decision to uphold the snap election scenario.
“I told the President about the USR position, a stance declared for two years now, the early elections are the moral, ethical, correct, and necessary solution for Romania right now. Unfortunately, any other scenario would only continue what has happened in the past three months, to have a government that in fact cannot govern and (…) we will uphold the early elections scenario very clearly, we will vote against the investiture [of any government, ed. n.] so as to make sure that the following gov’t will have no parliamentary support, so that we make the next step toward snap election,” Barna asserted.
UDMR’s Kelemen Hunor: Not to rally majority around PSD candidate for position of prime minister
National chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor said on Thursday, after the consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, that his Union did not present an own candidate for the position of prime minister and will not support the Social Democratic Party (PSD) candidate either.
“I said that we will not rally a majority around the PSD candidate for the position of prime minister. (…) The vote on the censure motion was intended to block the change of the electoral system regarding the election of mayors, it was not aimed at another political project. And I said we do not have a proposal for the position of prime minister,” said Kelemen Hunor.
ALDE’s Tariceanu: Solution of early election, inappropriate, while time savings, insignificant
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Thursday, following the Cotroceni Presidential Palace consultations, that the solution of the early elections seems inappropriate, because it would have negative consequences in political and economic terms, and the time gained over the elections at due date would be insignificant.
“The Constitution sets out some steps that are extremely difficult and time consuming. The path to early elections means about four months, leading to a series of adverse consequences. The Romanian constitution is not one to facilitate the recourse to the early elections solution, quite the opposite. (…) The consequences incurred by the course of the procedure for early elections create, during this whole period, a huge legislative, economic blockade. (…) I therefore told the president that we think this solution is inappropriate, especially because the time savings are insignificant. The early elections could be organized about three to four months before the due date elections,” said Tariceanu.
PMP’s Pascan: We consider early election is possible
The People’s Movement Party (PMP) executive chairman, Marius Pascan, said on Thursday, after the Cotroceni Presidential Palace consultations, that he discussed with President Klaus Iohannis about the possibility of calling an early election.
“I explained to him that the PMP MPs preferred not to vote in the censure motion against the government, because we put, above all, the need for stability of the country. At this point, we consider that an early election is possible. We will decide in the National Executive Council of the PMP, which will take place on Sunday, our position in relation to this possibility,” said Pascan, according to Agerpres.
He added that a condition for supporting a new government is the promotion of an emergency ordinance regarding the election of mayors in two rounds.
Ludovic Orban, proposed again Prime Minister by President Iohannis
In a press statement made at the end of the consultations on Thursday, President Iohannis announced that he would re-appoint Ludovic Orban as Prime Minister to form the new government.
“After consultations with the parties, I appoint Ludovic Orban to form the new government,” said Iohannis.
“PNL wanted to improve electoral legislation, PSD did not agree, they filed a censure motion that passed, it is for this reason why we had consultation today.”
“The right solution from now on is a government to move things further,” the President added.
“The return to the electorate is a correct solution, which meets the democratic need. The return to the electorate means early elections. This is my first option,” the President pointed out.