The censure motion initiated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) against Citu Cabinet was read on Thursday in the joint plenary session of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.
The motion, titled “Stop poverty, price increases and criminals. Down with the Citu Government!”, is signed by 157 PSD MPs.
The meeting was chaired by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Ludovic Orban, who announced that 209 parliamentarians had registered their attendance.
Most of the Save Romania Union, Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) parliamentarians were absent from the hall, connecting on tablets at the joint sitting, as announced by the deputy leader Ionut Mosteanu, who was present.
On behalf of the PNL, only the leader of the parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies, Gabriel Andronache, was present.
Prime Minister Florin Citu did not participate in the meeting of Parliament’s joint plenary.
The motion, which will be debated and voted on Tuesday, was read by PSD deputy leader Alfred Simonis.
Speaker Orban: PM Citu should have resigned when USR PLUS withdrew from coalition
Florin Citu should have resigned from the position of Prime Minister the moment USR PLUS (Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity alliance) decided to leave the governing coalition, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Ludovic Orban, declared on Thursday.
He reaffirmed that “Florin Citu is a pawn that can be sacrificed anytime”, and added that “he can be reused for other purposes”.
“There are other options (of restoring the coalition ed. n) – resignation. So that USR PLUS will not be obligated to vote (the vote of no confidence ed. n), Mister Citu can resign, which is something he should have done the moment USR PLUS decided to withdraw from the coalition and said very clearly that it will not go back, so long as Citu is Prime Minister. But that is what being a statesman means and to put Romania’s interest above your personal interest. The PSD (Social Democratic Party) game included was clearly a game through which PSD helped Citu become the chairman of PNL (National Liberal Party), because it is very easy for them to roll over Citu with a tank,” Orban also said in Parliament.
USRPLUS will negotiate with PNL only if they bring another PM option
The Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS) will negotiate with the National Liberal Party (PNL) only if they come with another option for Prime Minister, said on Thursday, the leader of the USR PLUS deputies, Ionut Mosteanu.
According to him, the scenario where Prime Minister Florin Citu would resign before the censure motion “would be just another stratagem, a regulatory-constitutional invention by which he hopes to have a chance.”
“In reality, the parliamentary arithmetic is simple and, at this time, however much some would invent all sorts of scenarios, there are two simple scenarios. The government that PNL wants can continue in two scenarios – with the votes of the PSD [Social Democratic Party] or with the USR PLUS votes. We will only sit at the table if they come with a new proposal for Prime Minister, and then we’ll talk. If not, they’ll discuss with PSD. There are no other options,” said Mosteanu, in Parliament.
He mentioned that the choice is really with the PNL.
“If they say that Florin Citu is the most important man for Romania at this time, then we move forward. And, yes, if that’s the only option the PNL wants, we will have early elections as well. I believe early elections are a bad idea at this time for Romania, but if the PNL and the President want to go towards early elections – let’s not forget, only the President can trigger early elections, we go to the polls,” said Ionut Mosteanu.
PSD’s Ciolacu rules out possibility for Social Democrats to vote for another minority government
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu said on Thursday that is out of the question for the Social Democrats to vote for another minority government, as they did when they supported the government led by Ludovic Orban, noting that he wants a political agreement “including the president of Romania” for triggering early elections, and until then the Executive should be led by technocrats.
“I saw how a political gesture assumed especially by me was transformed into a political weapon against not only the PSD, but the entire Romanian people. Let’s not forget the equally disastrous government of Mr. Orban, when we deemed that we needed to be responsible and the difficult time Romania is going through, it must seriously seen in that context, as well. I am not sorry for that gesture, but this time it is out of the question for PSD to vote for a minority government or in another formula, unless we head towards early elections. We make a political agreement with the President of Romania that we will hold early elections and until then Romania will be led by a government of technocrats,” Ciolacu specified, asked if PSD will repeat last winter’s scenario, when Ludovic Orban was reinvested, due to the pandemic context, with votes from PSD.
“It is out of the question to vote for a minority government, led by any political prime minister. Until early elections we agree to reach an agreement with all political forces, including the president of Romania, that we all want early elections and then a technocratic government can come,” Ciolacu said.
Compiled from Agerpres