A meeting between Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos, and the leaders of the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and national minority lawmakers has been cancelled, the Save Romania Union (USR) reported on Friday.
The announcement comes after a decision taken by the PNL leadership not to support Dacian Ciolos being sworn in office.
The PNL leadership decided to ask Ciolos to negotiate with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance for the Unity of Romanians (AUR) to mount a majority needed for the government to be sworn in office.
“The Executive Bureau has decided that PNL should ask Dacian Ciolos to first discuss with the two parties to mount a PSD-AUR majority and find the 234 votes needed for the government to be sworn in office. If Dacian Ciolos fails to find the majority for the swear-in, PNL will start negotiations with all leaders of responsible parties, except for AUR, to find the best solutions for Romania,” said Citu, according to Agerpres.
Acting Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Thursday that at this moment the “viable solution” for Romania is to rebuild the coalition around PNL, and the Save Romania Union (USR) must “admit the mistake of voting for the motion of censure.”
“We make the decisions in the PNL leadership forums. We already have a decision of the Executive Bureau that says very clearly that we cannot be at rule with the party that has voted a motion against us. We are very easy to get over how we got here today and I hear a lot in the public space the word ‘responsibility’, thrown very easily from those who voted or submitted a motion with AUR [Alliance for the Union of Romanians], from those who voted a motion with AUR and PSD [Social Democratic Party], from those who a month ago pulled out from the government the minister of health leaving Romania without a minister at a difficult time. It is difficult to take seriously this word, responsibility, coming from these people, but where we all agree: that to Romania stability is important. And the restoration of the coalition is an important thing; but, of course, the restoration of the coalition around PNL, is the solution that we are advancing which, from our point of view, is the viable solution,” said Citu at a news conference at the Government House asked if PNL could back a USR minority government.
He added that the USR should “publicly acknowledge its mistake” in voting a no-confidence motion against the government.
“I wouldn’t get easily over the way it got here today. You can’t say you’re responsible today when you were irresponsible a week ago, a month ago; for one month there has been an ongoing attack on government actions, there is a motion signed with AUR, a majority with AUR and PSD. And now just showing up and saying we are responsible! If we want to get over this moment, they have to acknowledge their mistake and then we can move on. When we say responsibility we have to own some decisions we have made, we have to publicly confess being wrong and then move on,” Citu said.
Ciolos: The party that owns the government in the coming months does a sacrifice anyhow because it will be a very difficult period
On Thursday, Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos said he will wait until Friday for an answer from his former partners – the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) – whether or not they understand to reform the governing coalition, pointing out that would like to end what he terms “dance of political entertainment in which people are more important than outcome.”
“A lot of emotions right now, names after names, statements and questions that are more worthy of a reality show rather than a situation that involves a lot of poise and urgency. Our former partners have asked me to wait until tomorrow to see whether or not their parties agree or not to reform the coalition. We have decided to wait until Friday. We do not have much time, but we have decided to wait, because a possible coalition-backed government would be the best thing now,” Ciolos wrote on his Facebook page.
He emphasises that he is not joking about the mandate received from President Iohannis.
“The political situation is unstable, the economic situation is deteriorating, and the medical situation is disastrous. And yet I get questions after questions about the political games that fascinate everyone right now. I do not fall prey to dissonance and I have patience, because right now someone has to find the calm to solve a crisis. I would like us to put an end to this dance of political entertainment in which people are more important than outcome. I am not asking anyone to make political sacrifices, but I do hope that we are mature enough to know that solutions involve giving up, maybe a form of sacrifice, and also diplomacy.”
He underscores that there is “a beginning of a negotiation” and asks the media, analysts and people passionate about political games to understand that “the life of many Romanian citizens depends on the result of these days.”
“I was also asked today if I feel I could be a sacrificial prime minister. My answer is simple: yes, anyone who takes up power in the coming weeks and months will make a sacrifice. The party that owns the government in the coming months does a sacrifice anyhow because it will be a very difficult period. I don’t think there is a greater sacrifice than to govern right now, from a political point of view. We are not afraid of it.”
Mosteanu: If negotiations for rebuilding coalition will fail, we’ll go to Parliament with USR Gov’t
USR (Save Romania Union) will come to Parliament, at the beginning of next week, with a government approved by the Political Committee of this party, in case the negotiations with PNL (National Liberal Party), UDMR (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania) and the minorities for the rebuilding of the governing coalition will fail, the leader of the USR Deputies, Ionut Mosteanu, said on Thursday.
“We convened the Political Committee for Sunday afternoon. The Political Committee is the statutory body of USR, which decides if we enter the government or not, so it also approves the governing programme and decides the list of ministers. The number one priority of the Prime Minister-designate, Dacian Ciolos, is to rebuild the governing coalition with PNL, UDMR and with the support of the national minorities group in the Romanian Parliament. This is our priority, this is his priority. We have been saying this countless of times, for over a month. However, if negotiations fail, if discussions fail in the following days, we are going to make our next move. Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos has a mandate from the President of Romania to form a government and will come with this government before Parliament. (…) If these negotiations fail, we will come before Parliament with a government approved by the Political Committee, a list of ministers and a programme approved by the Political Committee at the beginning of next week,” said Ionut Mosteanu.
He called on the PNL to show responsibility.
He also specified that a new meeting of Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos and the leaders of PNL, UDMR and of the national minorities will take place on Friday.
PSD’s Ciolacu: Designation of Ciolos is a mockery, Romania has become captive to a gang of irresponsible people
National leader of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu said on Thursday that Dacian Ciolos being nominated as a candidate for prime minister is mockery, calling President Klaus Iohannis “out of touch with reality,” “cynical,” and “irresponsible.”
He added that the right decision is for a government of “apolitical specialists” to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy until early elections.
“Romania has become captive to a gang of irresponsible people, concerned only with positions, money and the satisfaction of their political pride! Never in the modern history of Romania has the rift between those who lead the country and the population been so great. Ciolos being designated when Romanians no longer have a place – in hospitals or even in cemeteries – is mockery that shows how disconnected from reality, how cynical and how irresponsible Iohannis is,” Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.
He pointed out that almost 400 Romanians die every day, “after three months ago Iohannis said that he solved the pandemic.”
“If the President were to face a family that has lost a grandfather, a mother or a child today, what would he say to them? That he has defeated the pandemic ?! It’s too much! I think the time has come for Iohannis to come down among the Romanians, to see their suffering, to see their tears and, at least in the 11th hour, to make a correct decision. A government of apolitical specialists to manage the pandemic and the economy pending early elections! After that much destroying, it is time to start building! The President’s duty is to find solutions to the Romanians’ problems: the epidemic and the dramatically declining incomes,” he said.
Compiled from Agerpres