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October 18, 2021
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Parliament convenes in joint session to vote motion of censure tabled by PSD. President Iohannis: PSD wants to throw the country into chaos

On Monday, the last day of the extraordinary session, Parliament will meet at 14:00hrs in a joint meeting, to debate and vote on a motion of censure tabled by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and called “The PNL Government, from pandemic to generalised bribery. Wealth in the pockets of the PNL cronies, poverty in the pockets of the Romanians.”

Ciolacu: Leonardo Badea, one of PSD’s picks for PM if censure motion succeeds

Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Romania Leonardo Badea is one of the picks considered by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) for prime minister if the censure motion against the incumbent government succeeds, according to PSD national chairman Marcel Ciolacu.

“He is one of the options considered at the moment and he is a man who deserves to have this proposal,” Ciolacu told Antena 3 private broadcaster on Sunday evening.

He said President Iohannis had “made a big mistake” at the start of the health crisis by failing to come up with a proposal for a national union government.

“President Klaus Iohannis made a big mistake for failing to come up, when the coronavirus crisis started, with a government of national union. Romania would have looked completely different now. (…) There were all the political forces involved in this effort, not just the PSD and the National Liberal Party (PNL); it would have been another much more coherent communication and I am sure that that government would not have moved away from the Romanians’ agenda. He made a major mistake. A president back then should have placed the interest of the Romanians above the interest of the PNL and only the political agenda of the PNL,” added Ciolacu (photo L), according to Agerpres.

PM Orban:  The censure motion is unconstitutional

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Monday that the National Liberal Party (PNL) lawmakers would not participate in the parliamentary debate on the motion of censure, but the government would be present, arguing that the motion was unconstitutional.

“Today we are showing up for a motion of censure, even if it is an unconstitutional procedure and it is taking place; we will have to be present in Parliament as a government. Of course the political position is very clear, that as lawmakers we do not participate in this cyanide potion that sits outside the Constitution, but as government we will have to be present, so at 14:00hrs we will have to show up for the motion,” Orban said at the start of a government meeting.

Florin Roman: PNL lawmakers will not participate in the voting on the censure motion

National Liberal Party (PNL) Deputies’ leader Florin Roman has announced that the parliamentary group he is running will not participate in the voting on the censure motion.

“The PNL Deputies’ group will not participate in the voting on the censure motion, which the PSD [Social Democratic Party] turned into a ball of lies. The PSD motion should have been called: PSD wants to set Romania on fire, in full pandemic,” Roman wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

He has added that the PSD gesture of filing a censure motion in the current circumstances is “deeply irresponsible.”

“Given that Romania is fighting the pandemic and we are only a few weeks away from the local and parliamentary elections, PSD’s gesture is not only unconstitutional, but also deeply irresponsible. After leaving Romania with no medicine stocks, with ‘zero’ stocks, the PSD has been constantly fighting for the sabotage of the Government. They have complained that the measures taken by the Government are too harsh, they have asked for more and more relaxation, and the result is that we have reached an average of over 1,200 cases a day. They left the Government without the possibility of legal action and thus the number of serious cases in ICUs exploded,” Deputy Florin Roman added.

According to him, the PSD wants to generate a political crisis and “throw Romania into chaos only for party interests”.

Tariceanu: ALDE will vote motion with two hands!

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) will vote the censure motion “with two hands”, with the regret it didn’t come earlier, “probably from the desire not to make the medical situation in the country more difficult,” ALDE Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu wrote on Sunday on Facebook.

“We, those at ALDE, will vote the motion with two hands! We will vote with the regret that it didn’t come earlier, probably from the desire not to make the medical situation in the country more difficult. With or without medical crisis, this government must leave, as anyhow, it is not concerned with the medical crisis, not to speak of the economic crisis. For them, everything is a reason of campaign and getting their pockets filled from fishy contracts,” Tariceanu said in his post.

President Iohannis: PSD wants to throw the country into chaos

President Klaus Iohannis has said that using Monday’s motion of censure, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) “wants to throw the country into chaos” and calls on the lawmakers not to join the Social Democrats’ approach and to understand “the gravity of the moment that our country is going through.”

“In the most difficult period for Romania, PSD wants to throw the country into chaos in order to seize power at any cost,” the head of state is quoted as saying in a press statement released by the Presidential Administration.

He claims that the tabling of this motion before the parliamentary elections is “completely unreasonable” and would overlap a political and a health crisis.

“The censure motion is a democratic tool, but the risk of overlapping a political crisis and an unprecedented health crisis is proof of extreme cynicism and populism,” Iohannis said.

President Klaus Iohannis has said that using Monday’s motion of censure, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) “wants to throw the country into chaos” and calls on the lawmakers not to join the Social Democrats’ approach and to understand “the gravity of the moment that our country is going through.”

“In the most difficult period for Romania, PSD wants to throw the country into chaos in order to seize power at any cost,” the head of state is quoted as saying in a press statement released by the Presidential Administration.

He claims that the tabling of this motion before the parliamentary elections is “completely unreasonable” and would overlap a political and a health crisis.

“The censure motion is a democratic tool, but the risk of overlapping a political crisis and an unprecedented health crisis is proof of extreme cynicism and populism,” Iohannis said.

“I am urging all lawmakers, regardless of their party or political leanings: do not become complicit in such an irresponsible act! Political or electoral stakes must not in any way prevail over the national priority objective of protecting public health. I am voicing hope that the Romanian lawmakers understand the gravity of the moment that our country is going through and they will not join the PSD approach,” he said.

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