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January 30, 2023

PNL’s Citu: PM-designate sends truce proposal to party leaders for supporting minority Government

The Prime Minister-designate Nicolae Ciuca sent on Tuesday, to the leaders of parliamentary parties, a document where he proposes a political truce through which a minority Government could be supported for a limited amount of time, the chairman of PNL (National Liberal Party) Florin Citu, announced.

“Today, the Prime Minister-designate sent to the parliamentary party leaders a document, which in fact represents a truce, through which all these political parties will support this minority Government, for a specified period of time, which we will discuss and support in the Romanian Parliament through projects, we will not sabotage the activity of this Government until we get through the winter. (…) We need to get over this political crisis,” Citu declared, at PNL headquarters.


We expect concessions from PSD, USR; if not, it means they sabotage formation of Government


National Liberal Party (PNL) chairman Florin Citu declared on Tuesday that he will make every effort for a government led by Nicolae Ciuca to be invested, mentioning, on the other hand, that PNL has “the most votes collected” and he expects Social Democratic Party (PSD) and Save Romania Union (USR) to make concessions.

“I, personally, and PNL will make every effort to be this invested government, a Government led by Nicolae Ciuca. We need a Government at this moment in Romania and we will see what those points are, both with USR and PSD in Parliament so that we can get over this period,” Citu said at the PNL headquarters.

Asked if the PNL will make any concessions in the talks with PSD and USR, Citu answered: “On the contrary. All Romanians must know: PNL has made a major concession. Now those who do not make concessions and who remain confined to the opinions they have a few days ago they were the ones from PSD and USR, there are those who don’t really want Romania to go through this period, we have to be honest here”.

He called on the USR and PSD to take “responsible steps” to overcome this situation.

“The PNL has shown that it can get over this moment, it has made a major concession. It is time for the PSD and USR to make this concession if they want a government in the next period. If not, it means that they are only sabotaging these discussions and they want us to go ahead. The mandate is clearly given to the PNL (…)”, added the liberal leader, according to Agerpres.

Florin Citu added that PNL continues to govern with Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) with “more and more success” on the health crisis and in the economic area.


There is no flexibility in the mandate of Prime Minister-designate; talks continue for minority government


National chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Florin Citu said on Tuesday that there is no flexibility in the mandate of Prime Minister-designate Nicolae Ciuca for the formation of a government, adding that they will continue talks with both Save Romania Union (USR) and other lawmakers for a minority government that also includes the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), with support in Parliament.

“There is no flexibility in the mandate; I don’t know what meeting you are talking about. If there had been flexibility, it could only be done by BPN [National Standing Bureau]. There has been no BPN meeting so far, so it stays as agreed,” Citu said at PNL headquarters responding to whether the mandate of the prime minister-designate got more flexible after a meeting with President Klaus Iohannis.

He also said that no meeting of the PNL leadership is scheduled, and that he will continue talks for the formation of a government.

“We are not calling any BPN today. As such, we are looking at options. We are considering and we will continue talks with both USR and the other lawmakers in the Romanian Parliament to see their terms on which they could support a minority government,” he said.

Regarding the possibility of the Liberals trading ministries with PSD for their backing of the government, Citu said: “From the talks that Prime Minister-designate Nicolae Ciuca has had with the PSD national leader, Marcel Ciolacu, such a conclusion did not emerge.”

“Officially, this position has not been with us, so I cannot comment. I cannot comment on anything that has not been presented, but at this moment we have a mandate only for a minority PNL – UDMR government backed by the Romanian Parliament. I am calling for responsibility once again,” Citu added.

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