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PSD’s Ciolacu: This is the first time in 30 years that a motion of no confidence has a chance to succeed

Social Democratic Party (PSD) national leader Marcel Ciolacu said on Monday evening that the Social Democrats’ no -confidence vote is likely to succeed because the Citu government is “inefficient” and its direction is “wrong.”

“It is the first time, after 30 years of post-December democracy, that a motion of no confidence has a chance to succeed, just six months after the parliamentary elections. Even if, mathematically, they currently have a majority (…) Theirs is the wrong track, they don’t master anything, they haven’t won any bets, not even on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), vaccination, economy – they borrowed 34 billion, where is that money? We have interest rates that we pay ten times higher than elsewhere in the EU. It’s a word we have taken from the social partners: this is an inefficient government, a government that can’t implement absolutely anything that is important to Romanians. They have no horizon, their only horizon is to borrow amounts that we will all pay for from now on, 20-30 years. Every child born today starts their journey with a debt of 2000 euros, made during the Citu government,” Ciolacu told Antena 3 private broadcaster.

He added that there are signals that also MPs in power will vote on the motion, noting that negotiations with them continue.

The PSD leader also specified that, if the motion succeeds, the Social Democrats are ready to come up with a proposal for prime minister in the person of Alexandru Rafila and to build up a new majority.

According to the PSD leader, the motion will probably be tabled on Wednesday.


Ruling coalition MPs to attend debate on motion of no-confidence, but not to vote


Ludovic Orban, national leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL), major in the ruling coalition, announced on Tuesday that PNL and its government allies decided that the majority MPs be present at the debate and vote on the motion of no-confidence tabled by the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) but stop short of actually voting.

“The coalition and the party have we made the decision to be there for the debate on the motion of no-confidence but stop short of actually voting just to show the lack of a majority and the gratuitousness of this PSD politicking act,” Orban told a news conference after a meeting of the PNL Executive Bureau.

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