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No-confidence motion initiated by PSD passed Parliament: Citu Government is dismissed. President Iohannis to call parliamentary parties for consultations next week

The motion of no-confidence initiated by PSD (Social Democratic Party) has been adopted by the Parliament on Tuesday.

There were 281 votes “for” out of the 281 cast. 318 parliamentarians were present. The MPs of PNL (National Liberal Party), UDMR (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania) and of the national minorities did not vote.

234 votes were needed to pass the motion.

“Parliament is hereby voting for the motion of censure thus withdrawing its confidence in the government by the decision of the Romanian Parliament no. 31 of 2020. Under article 110 (4) in the Constitution, the government whose term of office ceases shall continue to fulfill only the acts required for the administration of public affairs, until the members of the new government take the oath,” announced Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ludovic Orban.




Citu: All scenarios are on the table; We will negotiate on projects with everyone


Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Tuesday that after the vote on the censure motion “all options are on the table” and that the PNL will negotiate “on projects” with everyone.

Asked with whom the PNL will make the majority, Florin Citu replied: “With those who are not more socialist than socialists and more extreme than extremists”.

He also stressed that the decision belongs to the National Liberal Party.

“When we have a PNL decision, we will come with it and present it publicly. All the options, after today’s vote, are on the table. All the scenarios are on the table. (…) We will negotiate on projects with everyone”, he said.

On the other hand, when asked if it is possible to recreate a coalition with USR PLUS, Citu reminded that a decision of the PNL Executive Bureau does not allow the government together with those who support the motion.

“It is a decision of the PNL Executive Bureau not to have any more discussions regarding the government with the party that votes today together with PSD and AUR,” he said.

Asked if, as PNL chair, he will make a nomination for the position of prime minister, if the censure motion is adopted, Citu replied that there will be a discussion in the party.

“We will have a discussion in PNL and we will see what decision we come up with. (…) PNL will go with its own strategy to consultations, when the consultations will take place. We do not know what the PSD-USR-AUR coalition wants to do. That is their business,” he said, according to Agerpres.


PNL chair does not support the variant of technocratic government or national union


The National Liberal Party (PNL) chairman Florin Citu stated on Tuesday that he does not agree with the variant of a technocratic government or of a national union.

“We saw what the technocratic government was like in 2016, government 0. Romania no longer needs such an experience,” he said in a press statement at the Parliament Palace.

Asked if early elections could be reached, Citu replied that “all the scenarios are on the table.”

He also disapproved of the idea of a national union government, mentioning that the PNL will not form a government with extremists.


Orban, after no-confidence vote: My 30-year work has gone to waste


Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ludovic Orban said on Tuesday, after Parliament voted for a motion of censure against the incumbent government, that his 30 years of work in the National Liberal Party (PNL) “has gone to waste.”

“Do you think I am happy after my 30-year work is going to waste because of some adventurers who do not understand anything about politics and public interest?” Orban said at the Parliament House when asked if he was happy that the motion tabled by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) succeeded.

He denied rumors that he would have offered himself to be nominated by PNL for the position of prime minister.


“Reinstating Citu as PM would run contrary to the Constitution”


Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ludovic Orban said on Tuesday that Florin Citu can no longer be voted in office by Parliament as the prime minister, since that would be “a decision contrary to the constitutional provisions.”

“Florin Citu can no longer be voted in office by Parliament, since that would be a decision contrary, first of all, to the constitutional provisions. There is a decision of the Constitutional Court (CCR), Stan the Experienced is telling you so. (…) It is obvious to everyone that Florin Citu no longer can get the inauguration vote of Parliament, all the more so as today he showed that he does not want that by burst attacks that had no foundation and logic against potential partners from USR PLUS [Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party], by attacks against other parliamentary formations often exceeding the limits of parliamentarianism,” Orban said.


Ciolacu:  The ball is in the president’s hands. The Constitution also says so


The Social Democratic Party (PSD) has only one decision to make right now – early elections, while it looks to create a political majority, a government of specialists until the eventual election, PSD lader Marcel Ciolacu said on Tuesday.

“The ball is in the president’s hands. The Constitution also says so,” the Social Democrat leader said after the censure motion against the government led by Florin Citu has been adopted by Parliament.

Asked about possible consultations at Cotroceni with President Klaus Iohannis, Ciolacu replied: “We are going to wait for the invitation from the President of Romania and then, in the forums of the Social Democratic Party, we are going to decide whether to go or not.”


Barna: USR PLUS to participate responsibly in consultations, talk to PNL if other PM nominated


The Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party ( USR PLUS) alliance, minor at rule, will participate “responsibly” in consultations for the appointment of the future prime minister, USR PLUS Deputy Chairman Dan Barna said on Tuesday, adding that talks will be held with the National Liberal Party (PNL), major at rule, if they come up with another proposal for prime minister than incumbent Florin Citu.

He pointed out that a joint government with the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance for the Unity of Romanians (AUR) is out of the question.

“As the party’s elected chairman has announced, we are responsibly participating in the consultations. We also have a prime ministerial pick: my colleague Dacian Ciolos. He is validated by the party, he is newly elected, so we are talking about highest legitimacy. If the President decided such a scenario, we could discuss such a scenario. Based on what has been signed and on the coalition agreement, obviously, the prime minister pick belongs to PNL, and we respect that. If another prime minister is put forth, we will join the conversation (…) We join the consultations. We are open to all options by which we can get out of the crisis as soon as possible,” Barna said at the Parliament House.


Ciolos: USR PLUS not giving carte blanche to any minority government


The Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) alliance, is not giving carte blanche to any minority government, chairman Dacian Ciolos said on Tuesday.

At a news briefing at the Parliament House, Ciolos said that USR PLUS will endorse a government that undertakes the necessary reforms, and the party’s presence in the Cabinet is a guarantee that the agenda will be implemented.

“At the moment, we are not giving carte blanche to any minority government. (…) We have the maturity to talk very concretely with serious people. It is important for us that the country be governed. Serious people can rely on USR PLUS,” he said.

Ciolos added that USR PLUS does not raise the issue of removing President Klaus Iohannis from office.


President Iohannis to call parliamentary parties for consultations next week


President Klaus Iohannis announced on Tuesday that he will call parliamentary parties and formations for consultations next week, after a motion of censure initiated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) against the Citu government cleared Parliament the same day.


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