Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, the acting national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), announced on Wednesday that PSD will submit a motion of censure against the government on August 17, saying that Romania is a “country floating aimlessly,’ with a government of “zero credibility.”
“On August 17, the Social Democratic Party will table the motion of censure. We consider that it is time for you to go home or go to prison, depending on everyone’s actions,” Ciolacu told a plenary sitting of Parliament after Prime Minister Ludovic Orban released a report on measures to contain the novel coronavirus epidemic.
He accused the Prime Minister of “knowingly sabotaging the health of Romanians.”
“Damage in excess of 650 million lei, over 800 violations found by the Court of Auditors in the state of emergency only. God knows what followed in the next 60 days, under the state of alert. This is Romania led by you,” added Ciolacu.
He also told the Prime Minister to clearly shoulder responsibility for the organisation of local elections in safe conditions and to tell Romanians how children will go to school on September 14.
“There is only one month until the beginning of school year, you wasted all summer and did nothing, only colourful scenarios. (…) How will you send the children to the school, how will you secure remote instruction? (…). There are over 1 million unemployed, hundreds of thousands of Romanian entrepreneurs have closed or diminished business, millions of Romanians left without access to the healthcare system, the whole country turned upside down in only nine months,” the PSD leader added, according to Agerpres.
Senate’s Cazanciuc: You beat around the bush since you took over power
The interim President of the Senate, Robert Cazanciuc, reproached the Orban cabinet that it “deceived the expectations of the Romanians” and of the MPs who invested it.
“Many people accuse us, PSD (Social Democratic Party), of voting for the Orban government. But the pandemic came and we needed governmental stability. We did it in good faith. The pandemic started and the country needed stability. We did it in good faith, but you deceived us, our expectations, of those who voted for you in this hall and especially of the Romanians,” Cazanciuc said on Wednesday at the joint plenary sitting of Parliament.
Cazanciuc said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and the government were just “beating around the bush”, in paraphrasing the head of state, Klaus Iohannis, whom he called “the political guarantor of the PNL.”
“Mr. Orban, since you led this Government, you have been beating around the bush. (…) Once with the pandemic, you started playing. In the beginning, you did some kind of a “beating around the bush” in legislative and administrative terms, just to quote the one who, instead of being a mediator, he is, as I said before, your political guarantor. You chose to control the situation through punitive measures, huge fines, which have been declared unconstitutional. (…) You never considered, not even for a minute, to give masks to the population and you did not announce mass testing. The Constitutional Court told you, when it sanctioned you for fines that violate fundamental rights, that gradual and proportionate methods must be used. However, instead of listening to the Court, you chose to trample on the rule of law,” Cazanciuc added.