RMDSZ likely to vote motion of no confidence

The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania  (RMDSZ) will probably vote the motion of no confidence against the Social Democrat-Liberal Alliance (PSD-ALDE) of Prime Minister  Viorica Dăncilă, RMDSZ President Hunor Kelemen said on Tuesday.

The motion submitted by three opposition parties and also signed by RMDSZ was read out in the lower house of the Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies this afternoon in front of mostly empty benches, with the majority of deputies presumably already away for the long Pentecost, which the country’s Orthodox majority observes this coming weekend.

Somewhat unusually, the motion itself was addressed personally to Dăncilă and listed five reasons why her government should go:

– the way the European Parliament vote was organized and conducted abroad
– the “assault on justice”
– the politicization of public service broadcasting
– the cabinet’s reliance on emergency ordinances on justice and economy instead of submitting them to Parliament
– the ethnic scandal at the Úz valley military graveyard.

Deputies will vote on the motion on June 18, but all else being equal, the PSD-ALDE coalition will probably survive it, as it has a clear majority in Parliament. According to Article 113. of the Constitution, the two chambers of Parliament vote motions of no confidence in a joint session, meaning that for a majority the motion should receive at least 233 votes. The three parties that submitted the motion have 150 votes, and even of RMDSZ and the Pro Romania party also vote against the government as they have indicated, that would still only amount to 209 votes.

The Dăncilă government survived another motion of no confidence last December.

Author: Dénes Albert