Romanian cabinet faces no-confidence vote, RMDSZ still pondering

The Romanian government led by Viorica Dăncilă will face a vote of no confidence after 163 MPs from three opposition parties launched a motion against it, calling for the “dismissal of the puppet government of the felon Dragnea”.

While Dăncilă is the de jure Prime Minister of Romania since January this year, the real power is Liviu Dragnea, leader of the Social Democratic Party. He cannot be Prime Minister as he was convicted for vote rigging and corruption in two different cases, the first having a final verdict while the second is pending appeal.

The proponents of the motion said in their proposal that the “crime syndicate” led by Dragnea is destroying the country.

The outcome of the vote is as of now uncertain, meaning that the votes of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania could be the tip of the needle.

Florin Cîţu, senator for the now opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) said his party already has a plan for the 2019 budget, is open to negotiations and respects European values, thus the RMDSZ has no reason not to vote the motion.

“After the vote we can discuss anything, RMDSZ could have ministers in the new cabinet”, Cîţu said.

RMDSZ, however, will only announce its intentions one or two days prior to the vote, senator Attila Cseke told the Romanian program of Radio France International. The party will use the remaining time to examine the opposition plans in case the motion is carried through, their government program and look at the proposals for cabinet members.

He added , however, that in the past two years the PNL has moved in a direction that could be problematic, having had attacked several proposals important to the Hungarian minority, such as the issue of the Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș gymnasium.


Author: Dénes Albert