The leader of the USR PLUS (Save Romania Union, Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party) Deputies, Ionut Mosteanu (photo), said on Tuesday that he sent a request to the presidents of the two chambers of Parliament to convene a plenary sitting to debate on the motion of censure, while mentioning that the only two parties who want this are USR PLUS (Save Romania Union, Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party) and AUR (Alliance for the Union of Romanians), with PNL (National Liberal Party) and PSD (Social Democratic Party) continuing to form a “wall” behind PM Florin Citu.
“Today I requested the presidents of the two chambers of Parliament to convene a plenary meeting to debate on the motion of censure under Article 113 of the Constitution. I also submitted a notification to the plenum of Parliament on Thursday, when the motion was read. Since it was already read, the motion needs now to be debated and voted on. I don’t understand why is being postponed. I expected that the presidents will make the call already, the same as they did last week, in compliance with the Constitution when the motion was read. Something has happened in the meantime and things are not going at the same speed. That is why I wrote this letter. I sent it to Mr. Ludovic Orban, the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber, and to Mrs. Anca Dragu, the President of the Senate,” Mosteanu said.
He said that Anca Dragu sent a letter to the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies on Monday to convene this plenary meeting to debate on the motion, but Ludovic Orban left on Tuesday and delegated the duties to a colleague, a PNL deputy chairman.
“So, today, as things stand, we will not have a plenary sitting to debate on the motion, the only ones who want this debate are us, the ones from USR PLUS and the ones from AUR, who signed this motion. PSD and PNL are building a wall behind Florin Citu in this unprecedented abuse that we have been seeing for almost two weeks,” added Mosteanu.
Senate’s President: Censure motion procedure cannot be stopped by the challenge filed by the Government with the CCR
Senate President Anca Dragu (USR PLUS – Save Romania Union, Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party) believes that the censure motion procedure cannot be stopped by the challenge filed by the Government with the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR), with the presidents of the two chambers of Parliament currently analyzing the possibility of holding a joint plenary sitting this week to debate on the motion.
Regarding the convening of the joint plenum to debate and vote on the motion of censure, Dragu said: “On the one hand, this decision belongs to the joint standing bureaus, but, on the other hand, the presidents of the two chambers too can convene the plenum. We are trying now to make this call, but we need to make get sure that the motion of censure follows its constitutional path.”
Asked if she was already discussing the matter with Ludovic Orban, the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber, Anca Dragu said: “Yes, we are discussing since the group leaders asked us last week to convene the plenum this week for the debate and vote.”
She also mentioned that the motion needs to be voted by half plus one of the total number of MPs.
“Given the current formula, it will probably be difficult to meet a quorum, for we see how PNL (National Liberal Party) and PSD (Social Democratic Party) won’t take part in this process,” said Dragu.
Dragu to request Joint Standing Bureaus clarify September 9 plenum leadership: Cannot keep passing buck
The President of the Senate, Anca Dragu, said she will notify the Joint Standing Bureaus to clarify the situation of the leadership of the joint session of Parliament on September 9, during which the censure motion was read.
Asked if she will notify the Joint Standing Bureaus regarding the joint session being led by Florin Roman, the leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) group in the Chamber of Deputies to whom the attributions of the Chamber’s Speaker had been delegated, Dragu said: “We must see the abuse that Mr. Roman committed at that session. His colleagues say that he was the one abused, but that doesn’t mean it was so (…) Yes. We will request the clarification of the situation, firstly, and we cannot let this situation remain in the air like this, we cannot keep passing the buck. We are responsible people, we are MPs, we have a Constitution we must respect.”
“I should have led that session of the Joint Plenum. Until September 9 there were 13 joint sessions – seven sessions were led by Speaker [Ludovic] Orban and six by me (…) Where’s the alternation? The argument brought by Mr. Roman is a superficial one,” said, on Tuesday, Dragu, at the Senate.
The Chamber of Deputies and Senate met, on September 9, in Joint Session to present the censure motion submitted by the Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS) and the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR).
At the start of the session, Florin Roman mentioned that the meetings of the Joint Plenum are led alternatively by the chairs of the two Chambers.
The leader of the USR deputies, Ionut Mosteanu, requested Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Florin Roman allow the President of the Senate, Anca Dragu, lead the session. Roman closed the session and left the Parliament’s rostrum, pressured by MPs from USR PLUS and AUR.
After Roman announced he is concluding the session, the leadership of the session was taken over by the President of the Senate, Anca Dragu.
Compiled from Agerpres