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August 11, 2022

Senator Romascanu: PSD seeks snap election, which could be called in six weeks

Floor leader of the Social Democrat senators Lucian Romascanu told a press conference in Alba Iulia this Friday that he hopes the no confidence vote due next Tuesday topples the Citu Government; Romascanu also mentioned that the Social Democratic Party (PSD) will support no minority government, as the formation pursues snap elections, which in his opinion could be held “very quickly,” in about “six weeks”.

“We’ve been witness to an ongoing political crisis, an absolutely artificial political crisis, because everything was just about money and vested interests. (…) President Iohannis did not step in to mediate this crisis, although the Constitution requires him to do at least this. (…) This is, I think, the worst government since the 1990s, and PSD has an extremely fair and pragmatic approach. We have been accused of not getting involved, of fixing political deals, but this is not at all true. (…) We were the first to announce that we were submitting a censure motion, after which we were put before a fait accompli, with the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) tabling a no confidence motion together with the Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party alliance. (…) There couldn’t have been two motions. Then there was that constitutional conflict. Again, we couldn’t support their conflicting motion before a Constitutional Court ruling. Now we are about to vote a new no confidence motion, a legal, correct one, tabled by PSD. We hope to see this government sacked on Tuesday. The PSD’s strategy is to pursue snap elections. We will never support a minority government, and the statements of the party leadership are clear, we will not go to Cotroceni with any proposal for Prime Minister,” said the Social Democrat senator, according to Agerpres.

With regard to snap elections, Lucian Romascanu added that “if everyone sits down at the negotiation table”, they could be called very quickly, in “six weeks”.

He ruled out the participation of PNL and AUR, noting that there are “palatable” formations such as the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania and the minority group.

In his turn, Senator Robert Cazanciuc opined that, “on Tuesday, Mr. Citu will be history” and that “this whole period of government has been out of touch with reality.”

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