The Senate plenary adopted on Tuesday by a vote of 65 to 25 and 5 abstentions the simple motion titled “Romanian democracy adrift. With broken mainsail, in the time of pandemic”, filed by the Social Democrats against Interior Minister Marcel Vela.
The vote was secret with balls.
The signatories of the motion request the Minister of the Interior to step down because of the “long series of contradictory decisions” enacted through the recently issued military ordinances that imposed a series of bans which were annulled later on.
Vela: Measures during pandemic of novel coronavirus, although restrictive, are correct
All the measures in the period of the novel coronavirus pandemic, although restrictive, were correct and were taken to protect the health of the population, said, on Tuesday, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Marcel Vela, at the debate of the simple motion against him submitted to the Senate.
“We started from the same situation as countries like Spain, Italy, France, Belgium or the United Kingdom, which today record tragic figures compared to those in Romania. What it proves to us – and it should prove to you too – that the measures, although restrictive, were correct and were taken to protect the health of the population,” said Vela.
“While Romania records 930 cases of persons infected per million of inhabitants, Spain records 6,000, France – over 2,700, Belgium – over 4,900, Italy – over 3,800 and the United Kingdom – nearly 4,000. (…) These figures are revealing, not motives, discussions, words, phrases, sentences in one motion or another. These figures show that we have taken the best measures. They represent the reality which cannot be contested by any adviser on your staff who’s formulating these texts for motions,” Vela also said.
The Internal Affairs Minister added that any demarche that leads to less people infected, to less deaths and to more persons healed is a gain for everyone, regardless of their left-wing or right-wing orientation.
“Please relay to the specialist that wrote this motion he should make an exercise of imagination and let us know how this statistic would look like with Viorica Vasilica Dancila as Prime Minister of the Romanian Government,” Vela stated, according to Agerpres.
Virus doesn’t choose between PNL and PSD, Romanians’ health must concern us
The virus does not choose between left and right, between the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Social Democratic Party (PSD), on Tuesday said the Interior Minister, Marcel Vela, at the debate of the simple motion filed against him, adding that it was necessary, during this period, for certain decisions to be made “in fractions of a second”, because the health of Romanians depended on them.
“The virus does not choose between left and right, between PNL and PSD. I see you’re talking about hatred – mine, toward the elderly. This hatred is apparent from the text of the motion. (…) We must bridge a gap between us and concern ourselves with the health of the Romanians. We need a discussion to find solutions,” Vela said.
Marcel Vela pointed out that this war against COVID-19 has brought humankind, including the World Health Organization, to a point for which it was not prepared.
“Decisions had to be made in fractions of a second, the health of Romanians depended on them,” the minister said, according Agerpres.
He wondered what credibility the Senate might have when it makes accusations against the Government, while the Executive is fighting an “invisible and dangerous enemy.”
The signatories of the motion ask the Minister of the Interior to leave the leadership of this ministry because through the military orders “a long string of contradictory decisions” were issued and a number of prohibitions have been imposed which he subsequently annulled.