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Scandal in the Parliament at the meeting where the calendar of no-confidence motion initiated by AUR and USR PLUS had to be established

 PNL requested verification of signatures*PSD left the hall*Fourth attempt to meet the quorum, Parliament Standing Bureaus convene again on Tuesday

 

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis met  prime minister Florin Citu on Monday  to discuss the government crisis. The meeting took place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, but no statements were made at the end.

Last week, on Wednesday, Prime Minister Florin Citu dismissed the Minister of Justice, Stelian Ion, in the context of discussions on the topic of the Anghel Saligny Programme, decision accepted by President Klaus Iohannis. Stelian Ion stated his dismissal also has an “unseen substratum”, relating to the competitions for the leadership of some Prosecutor’s Offices.

On Friday, the no-confidence motion titled “The dismissal of the Citu Government, the only chance for Romania to live!”, signed by 122 MPs from the Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS) and the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR), was submitted to Parliament.

Also on Monday, Parliament’s Standing Bureaus (BPR)  have been convened one more time  to discuss the timetable for debating and discussing the no-confidence motion filed by the Save Romania Union and PLUS Alliance, in the ruling coalition, and the opposition Alliance for the Union of Romanians. However, the meeting turned into a scandal, as the joint Standing Bureaus rejected PNL’s request to verify the signature on the motion of censure submitted by USR PLUS and AUR , but the motion  could not be put on the agenda due to the lack of a quorum. The BPR meeting is to be convened again on Tuesday. Noteworthy, the Joint Standing Bureaus of the two Chambers did not meet the necessary quorum neither on Friday, nor on Saturday.

USRPLUS says they want to remain in the coalition with the National Liberal Party (PNL)  and the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) , but that they no longer support Florin Citu as Prime Minister. AUR says the motion seeks to bring down the current government and that it will join forces neither with the Social Democratic Party, the main opposition party, nor with the Save Romania Union and PLUS Alliance. The Social Democrats for the moment gave up filing their own no-confidence motion and say that if the current motion is put to the vote, they will vote in favour. The liberal leadership reiterated their support for Citu but called for the resumption of dialogue in the coalition. The Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania also called for responsibility, saying no other government formula is possible at the moment.

President Klaus Iohannis requested, on Saturday, USR-PLUS return to the dialogue table in the coalition to find a viable and rational solution to unblock the situation, showing that “the newly created alliance these days between USR PLUS and AUR is an affront brought to Romanians who, in the parliamentary elections last year, decided through their vote the way in which our country should work.”

 

BPR: PNL’s request to verify signature on censure motion has been denied; meeting to be convened again

 

The joint Standing Bureaus (BPR)  of the two chambers of Parliament on Monday rejected PNL’s request to verify the signature on the motion of censure submitted by USR PLUS (Save Romania Union – and Alliance for the Union of Romanians), but it could not be put on the agenda due to the lack of a quorum, announced the head of the Chamber of Deputies, Ludovic Orban.

The meeting is to be convened again.

 

PNL to rediscuss check of signatures to motion, unless check request forwarded to statutes committee

 

Senate Deputy Chair Alina Gorghiu said that, according to the votes in the sitting of Parliament’s leadership, a request from the National Liberal Party (PNL) for the signatures affixed to the motion of censure against Prime Minister Florin Citu being checked should be forwarded to the Statutes Committee.

“We consider that the 9-7 vote means that the request must be taken up by the Statutes Committee. I regret that Mr Orban is setting the pace for USR-AUR [Save Romania Union – Alliance for the Union of Romanians] by abstaining from vote. If the request is not forwarded to the Statutes Committee, PNL, in the first joint sitting of the standing bureaus will rediscuss the request,” Gorghiu said on Monday.

A request from the PNL Senate floor leader Daniel Fenechiu for the signatures affixed to the motion of censure being checked was registered in Parliament on Monday.

 

Speaker Orban: I will convene a new meeting of the Standing Bureaus for the motion of censure to be presented so that a quorum will be met

 

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ludovic Orban on Monday said that he will convene a new meeting of the Standing Bureaus for the motion of censure to be presented, adding that the meeting will take place “at a convenient time,” so that a quorum will be met and the legal and constitutional procedures will be carried out.

“As head of the Chamber of Deputies who is required to present a motion of censure in the Standing Bureaus and to further inform the Government about it, I will convene another meeting of the Standing Bureaus, after which I will inform the Government, regardless if a quorum is met or not. I will consult with my colleagues in the Standing Bureaus to convene the meeting at a convenient time so that we can have a quorum and we will be able conduct the respective constitutional and legal proceedings,” Orban said at the Palace of Parliament.

He mentioned that the joint Standing Bureaus will decide the date on which the motion of censure will be read at the joint plenary sitting of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

“According to the regulation, the motion must be read within five days of its submission, under the Constitution, and then I have the obligation to inform the Government, but according to the regulation of joint meetings it is clearly provided in article 94 that I also have the obligation to present the motion to the joint bureaus and only after that I need to inform the Government. If there is no statutory meeting of the Standing Bureaus to present the motion and establish its calendar, I will inform the Government (…),” said Orban.

 

Mosteanu (USR PLUS) about contesting signatures on censure motion: All just smoke screen

 

The spokesperson of the Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (PLUS), Ionut Mosteanu (photo), believes that the contesting of the signatures on the censure motion is just “a smoke screen.”

In a press conference on Monday at the Chamber of Deputies, he claimed that the authenticity of signatures can only be contested by the signer and recalled that, in the past year, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, handwritten signatures were accepted several times, when scanned by MPs supporting several legislative initiatives.

Mosteanu expressed his hope that during the meeting at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, which is to take place at 12:30, President Klaus Iohannis will ask Prime Minister Florin Citu to “take a step back”.

He reproached the representatives of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) for discussing alternative motions instead of showing up for the meeting of the Joint Standing Bureaus of the two Chambers.

 

USRPLUS’s Mosteanu: This is for the first time in the past 31 years that a motion of censure is being denied

 

This is for the first time in the past 31 years that a motion of censure is being denied, USR PLUS (Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party) spokesman Ionut Mosteanu said on Monday, at the end of the meeting of the joint Standing Bureaus of the two Chambers.

“The PSD (Social Democratic Party) and PNL (National Liberal Party) have boycotted this meeting. (…) I’ve seen how – and they confirmed once again, although there was no need for that, it was all clear already, that, after everything that has happened in recent days – while leaving aside Mr. Ciolacu’s statements, we actually see that today’s “winning team” has a new member, namely Mr. Marcel Cioacu. For it looks like he was recruited by Mr. Citu with his only mission to protect him for as long as possible in the office at the Victoria Palace,” he told a press conference held at the Parliament Palace.

USR PLUS reported on Monday that the joint meeting of the Standing Bureau “was boycotted for the third time” by PSD members.

“By boycotting for the third time the meeting of the Standing Bureaus meeting meant to establish the calendar of the censure motion, Marcel Ciolacu confirmed that he is under a double command and that he does not really want the dismissal of Florin Citu. In short: he put PSD at Mr. Florin Citu’s disposal. The procrastination and contradictions of the PSD, the agreements concluded under the table by Marcel Ciolacu with Florin Citu show us, once again, that the own interests of the PSD take precedence over the interest of the Romanians. Romania needs a Prime Minister to govern responsibly. Florin Citu is not that Prime Minister,” USR PLUS representatives said in their message posted on Facebook.

 

AUR’s Simion: We will go all in with the motion of censure

 

The opposition Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) will go all in with the motion of censure because Prime Minister Florin Citu “should not be allowed to run as an incumbent prime minister in the internal elections of the National Liberal Party (PNL),” AUR national leader George Simion said on Monday.

“An entire country has witnessed live how the old parties strike up deals. Fortunately, they did not have the necessary quorum to remove our motion of censure from the agenda. Just as on the first day of the parliamentary session we put on the table this initiative of the motion of censure; we will go all in because Prime Minister Citu must not be allowed to run as the incumbent prime minister in the internal elections of PNL and to continue disregarding Romania. As long as we are here in Parliament, sent by Romanians, we, the AUR lawmakers, will go all in with this motion of censure. I am urging the PNL and PSD [Social Democratic Party] voters to pressure their MPs into showing up for the joint meeting of Parliament’s standing bureaus and voting as the Constitution says so that this motion of censure can reach the joint plenary sitting, be read tomorrow and be voted on next Monday. That is the only solution,” Simion said at the Parliament House.

He added that it was the responsibility of the chairs of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate to convene a new meeting joint meeting of the standing bureaus.

Asked what AUR will do if the Citu government is dismissed by a motion of censure, Simion said: “We agree with early elections. We want to go all in. An option if some parliamentarians try to cling to their seats and are not willing to go all in with the early elections is the creation of a government of specialists proportional to the parliamentary share of the parties. (…) We do not want to get to rule the country because at the moment our parliamentary weight does not allow us. (…) We support any motion of censure and any serious action that leads to the removal of Florin Citu, but that must happen now. The motion is on the table, it must not be delayed by any political force.”

 

Grindeanu: PSD will vote on any motion that reaches the plenary sitting of Parliament

 

The lawmakers of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) will vote on any motion that reaches the plenary sitting of Parliament and invite the National Liberal Party (PNL), major at rule, and the Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) alliance, minor at rule, to discuss the text of the motion, PSD First Deputy Chair Sorin Grindeanu said on Monday.

“Yesterday, the PSD national chairman showed exactly the PSD line. We did not change our point of view. We will vote for any motion that reaches the plenary sitting. Secondly – we are inviting the others, what they did not do when it came to us, to come up for discussions on the text of the motion and for PSD to sign the motion, so that this government can go home,” Grindeanu said at the Parliament House after a meeting of PSD lawmakers.

He explained that at the joint meeting of the standing bureaus there were “some accusations” between PNL and USR PLUS, “how they steal from each other,” and said that the PSD officials in the standing bureaus are 8 out of a total of 26, so securing a meeting quorum does not depend on them.

Grindeanu pointed out that a motion of censure has to be tabled when its chances of succeeding are biggest.

“When are the biggest ones? When we have the 234 votes. (…) When USR resigns, it means that they have gone into opposition. The transition to the opposition means the coordination of certain political movements between USR and PSD. This attitude, in which we came up with a text and invited all the willing parties to come and sign our motion and discuss the text as well, was hit on the other side by fast forward action,” he added.

Asked what PSD will do if the USR PLUS ministers resign from the government, Grindeanu said: “We are entering a different logic”.

“We are waiting for them to do what they have been saying they will be doing for three days, resign,” the PSD MP added.

 

Compiled from Radio Romania International and Agerpres

 

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