Liberal cabinet proposal meant to fail, Kelemen says

The Romanian Liberal Party (PNL) has drafted the list of the new Cabinet, most probably with the outright intention of it being rejected by Parliament, as “they did not even negotiate; they were not interested if anyone would support such a composition,” declared Hunor Kelemen, leader the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, to AGERPRES.

Earlier this year, after his government was ousted in a vote of no confidence, PNL President, Ludovic Orban, outlined a strategy whereby he would submit two consecutive governments to Parliament for approval with the idea that if they were rejected, that would lead to early elections, an outcome preferred by his party. President Klaus Iohannis – himself a liberal – said, in turn, that he would not nominate Parliament’s largest faction, the Social-Democrats (PSD) to form a government.

“I have seen this new list, and I have made a single conclusion: They continue to wish for a monochrome National Liberal Party government. They are not planning to form anything like a coalition government, and I presume that they continue to wish for this list to be rejected because they did not negotiate, they did not call, they were not interested if anyone would back such a list. So my conclusion would be that this list was made with the purpose of being rejected. I do not know if it is going to happen or if it will win the vote, but I cannot think of another conclusion. It might also go through; it depends on the Social Democratic Party. It might win the vote, and then they will govern until the elections, but their intention for sure is that the list be rejected,” explained the leader of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, known by its Hungarian acronym of RMDSZ.

The nominated prime minister, Florin Cîţu, announced that the list of the Cabinet and the government program will be submitted in Parliament.

“We will submit today in Parliament the list of the Cabinet and the government program,” Cîţu said, noting that the only change in the Cabinet is the suggestion that Lucian Heiuş should take on the Finance portfolio. Cîţu was finance minister during the Orban government, which is now acting as a caretaker with limited powers.


Featured photo: Acting Finance Minister Florin Cîţu (protv)

Author: Blanka Székely