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Vlad Voiculescu’s dismissal throws the governing coalition in a major crisis. USRPLUS withdraws confidence in PM Citu

  Orban: For the Liberals there is no other political solution of government than the current coalition

The chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, said on Wednesday that for the Liberals there is no other political solution of government than the current coalition and stressed that Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS) must make a new proposal for Minister of Health.

“I took note of Prime Minister Florin Citu’s decision to remove the Minister of Health from office. As I said Monday after the coalition’s sitting, it is not only the right, but also the prime minister’s obligation to ensure the proper functioning of the Government and to intervene when necessary, in order to ensure good governance, the implementation of the governing programme and the service of the public interest even by changing a minister. I say it upfront that for the PNL there is no other political solution of government than the current governing coalition and that, from our point of view, this decision of Prime Minister Florin Citu is a decision that has nothing to do with our firm commitment to maintaining the current governing coalition. It is strictly a decision that aims to appoint at the Ministry of Health, one of the most important ministries in the structure of the Government, all the more so since we are in a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USR PLUS themselves to appoint a minister who will responsibly manage the field and who has the capacity to fight effectively for increasing the quality of the medical act and for the fight against the pandemic,” Orban said in Parliament.


Orban: PNL Prime minister is Florin Citu, party is backing him


The Liberals are backing Florin Citu in his position of Prime minister, on Wednesday said the National Liberal Party (PNL)’s chairman Ludovic Orban.

Orban was asked in a press conference whether he would return to being Prime minister.

“The Prime minister of the PNL is Florin Citu and the PNL is backing Florin Citu,” Orban answered.

He said that he was constantly communicating with the prime minister and that he had a discussion with the latter before the PM made the decision on the revocation of Vlad Voiculescu as Minister of Health.

“It is necessary to cooperate in the Government with the Romanian Prime Minister. (…) I’m sure we’ll have the wisdom to move forward… Romania needs to be governed. Romania needs a government that will act in the interests of the citizen, that will put into practice the ruling programme, that will win the battle with the pandemic in the shortest possible time and I am convinced that all our colleagues from the coalition are driven by the same approach to today’s problem and will understand that Romania needs a government,” Orban said.


“As I see it, there’s no way for ministerial portfolios’ renegotiation”


Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban said today that in his opinion, there is no way for the ministerial portfolios to be renegotiated inside the ruling coalition and be assigned otherwise than now.

“As I see it, the possibility [of renegotiating the ministerial portfolios] does not exists. We have already established the guiding lines for the functioning of the governing coalition and any reopening of portfolio management talks could raise issues,” Orban said at the Palace of Parliament when asked if a renegotiation of the ministries inside the coalition is possible.

Asked if the PNL is ready for the break-up of the coalition, Orban replied: “I am convinced that this coalition will move forward. What we want is to constantly increase governing performance, to implement the governing program, to take measures to improve the lives of Romanians. To govern face towards the Romanians.”


Deputy PM Barna requests coalition emergency meeting, discussions about withdrawing confidence in PM Citu


The Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna requested on Wednesday an emergency coalition meeting in order to discuss the withdrawal of confidence in Prime Minister Florin Citu.

“We are requesting an emergency coalition meeting in order to have a responsible dialogue with (PNL’s chairman) Ludovic Orban and (UDMR’s chairman) Kelemen Hunor, to discuss the withdrawal of confidence in Prime Minister Florin Citu,” Barna declared, in Parliament.


Barna: Citu no longer has the support of USR PLUS


As of this moment, Prime Minister Florin Citu no longer has the support of Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity Alliance (USR PLUS), Dan Barna, co-chair of the Alliance, announced on Wednesday.

He specified that the decision to dismiss the Minister of Health, Vlad Voiculescu, “is throwing the coalition into a major crisis”.


USRPLUS’s Ciolos: Citu plays by the reforms’ brakers, has no support from USRPLUS


Florin Citu no longer has the support of the Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS) Alliance for remaining as Prime Minister, declares PLUS leader Dacian Ciolos, who believes that the Prime minister “has played into the hands of those who have been holding back the reforms of the governing programme for three months”.

“So far, in the coalition, we have made decisions together, and this has made it work. Unfortunately, the same thing did not happen today, when Prime Minister Citu decided to make a unilateral decision without prior consultation with us, those who were his partners and supported him to lead the coalition government. The dismissal of Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu is an immature decision that calls into question his ability to lead a functioning coalition government, a team for reforming Romania. From this moment on, Florin Citu no longer has the support of the USR PLUS Alliance for remaining as Prime Minister,” Ciolos wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

According to him, from the first day of his mandate, Vlad Voiculescu began “a process of reforms to which the entire coalition was committed, including Mr. Citu, when he received the invitation to assume the role he still holds”.


Compiled from Agerpres


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