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ROMANIA: Government falls after no-confidence vote

posted onJune 21, 2017

At a joint plenary session on Wednesday, MPs voted a motion of no confidence against the government led by Sorin Grindeanu. The motion called “Romania cannot be confiscated. We defend democracy and Romanians’ vote” was initiated by the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) and their liberal democrat coalition partner ALDE.

There were 241 votes “for” the motion, more than the needed number of 233 and 10 votes against it, with all ballots being valid.

This is a first in the history of Romanian politics, as the ruling coalition filed the no-confidence motion against its own Government.

All the ministers backed by the ruling coalition withdrew the political support for the Government last week, claiming that the cabinet led by Sorin Grindeanu failed to apply the governing program. Grindeanu was fired from PSD but refused to resign and the party accused the PM of clinging to power illegally.

“According to the outcome certified by the standing bureaus, the censure motion passed. Since it passed, Article 113 in the Constitution says the Government shall be dismissed and Article 91 in Parliament’s joint regulations requires that Parliament immediately inform the President about the situation, so that a candidate may be nominated for the PM office,” Senate Chairman  Calin Popescu Tariceanu said after the official announcement of the results.

President Klaus Iohannis is set to start consultations for the appointment of a new PM based on the political parties’ proposals on Monday.

Grindeanu, who survived roughly six months in power, said at Government House:

"I will carry through my duties, until the country gets a functional government. I will be waiting for Parliament to approve a new government that observes all the constitutional and legal procedures of the country (...) I hope today's vote in Parliament will not be a big mistake, as I also hope that PSD will nominate the next prime minister. What is important is that we overcome this blockage and tell investors and chancelleries around the world that Romania remains a stable and predictable environment. What is important is that Romanians feel as little as possible the effects of the ongoing political crisis." 

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