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August 8, 2022

USRPLUS to back no confidence motion against PM Florin Citu

The Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) alliance in the ruling coalition says it is withdrawing its political endorsement of Prime Minister Florin Citu, whom it reproaches of “having thrown the country into political crisis.”

“USR PLUS has not agreed with and will never agree to public money robbery, in any form of government. We are asking the coalition to take note of the lack of a majority to support the Citu Cabinet and demanding the urgent start of negotiations inside the coalition for the appointment of a new prime minister. In the event that the coalition talks fail to come up with a proposal for a new prime minister, USR PLUS will back a motion of censure against the Citu Government,” reads a press statement released by USR PLUS.

According to the statement, Stelian Ion is the USR PLUS pick for the future government in order to move judiciary reform forward.

“Minister Stelian Ion is the USR PLUS pick for the future government and has all our support for the continuation of judiciary reform, including the abolition of the SIIJ [special judiciary section dealing with justice crimes] and the appointments of chief prosecutors, all interrupted by the irresponsibility of Prime Minister Citu,” USR PLUS points out.

The alliance’s National Bureau decided to convene their Political Committee on September 11.


USR’s Mosteanu: Together with AUR we have 122 signatures, so we can submit a censure motion


The leader of the Chamber of Deputies group of the Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS), Ionut Mosteanu, stated that the representatives of the Union have contacted all political parties in view of supporting an eventual censure motion.

During press statements at the Parliament Palace, he showed that USR PLUS and the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) have together 122 signatures, but emphasized that he does not desire a censure motion be reached.

“We discussed with all political parties about an eventual censure motion. USR PLUS has 80 signatures and 80 MPs, which, as they put Citu as Prime Minister and gave him the chance to show he can lead a coalition government, will also take him down. This should be very clear. We have discussed with AUR, in order to see if we have an option to gather the signatures. Together with AUR we have 122 signatures, so we can submit a censure motion. The text remains to be discussed. Of course, I wouldn’t want it to come to this, but this depends only on the political maturity of Florin Citu. Tomorrow we will have a discussion, I expect him to take a step back, to continue with a new PNL [National Liberal Party] Prime Minister, in an accelerated rhythm, because there’s a lot to recover from the last months and this period of nearly a year when Florin Citu had the reins of the Government and didn’t run at full speed,” said Mosteanu.

He mentioned that the USR PLUS wants to still be part of the governing coalition, with the same ministerial structure, and excluded the hypothesis of ministry exchanges or barters.

The USR PLUS representative claimed that the Prime Minister created “a government crisis that Romania did not need.” He emphasized that the Citu Government functions “without the majority support” of the Parliament.


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