Romania’s Parliament on Thursday (Oct. 10) passed a no-confidence motion against the government headed by PM Viorica Dancila of the Social Democratic Party (PSD). The motion passed with 238 votes for, five more than was needed for a majority in the 465-seat legislature.
The development comes as the presidential vote is only a month away.
The vote was filed by the liberals, joined by Save Romania Union and other 4 parties.
The Government is now officially dismissed. President Klaus Iohannis has announced that he will ask all parliamentary parties for a first round of consultations on Friday (Oct.11) as he needs to choose a replacement prime minister. Once a nomination has been made, he or she has 10 days to come up with a new Cabinet.
"I will ask the parliamentary parties for a first round of consultations tomorrow, starting at 11:00 am, because we urgently need a government. I will listen to the options of the parties and I will propose a very clear solution for a government to provide responsible and effective governance until the next parliamentary election, regardless of when these will take place," Agerpres quoted Iohannis as saying at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
The political turmoil started when the Dancila government lost its parliamentary majority in August after the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (Alde) pulled out of the ruling coalition.
Speaking immediately after the vote Dancila, stated: “I have the feeling that I did my job.”
Dancila, who became Romania's first female prime minister in January 2018, added that she would not resign from the helm of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and will launch her electoral campaign for the presidential race on October 12.
Consultations at the Cotroceni Palace will start on Friday, 11.00 am, with the PNL (National Liberal Party) delegation.
The head of the State will then have consultations with the USR (Save Romania Union) delegation at 11.30 am, UDMR (Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania) at 12.00, the PMP (People’s Movement Party) delegation at 12.30, the delegation of the Pro Europa parliamentary group at 1.00 pm, the ALDE delegation at 1.30 pm, the delegation of the parliamentary group of national minorities at 2pm and the PSD delegation at 2.30pm.
Presidential elections are scheduled for November 10. In 2020, Romania will also hold local and general elections.
After holding talks with almost all parliamentary parties, except the PSD, which rejected his invitation for consultations, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced in a press statement that he would nominate a prime minister on Tuesday, at the latest.
“It is pretty clear we are heading towards a PNL Government and to one shaped around PNL,” the Romanian head of state said referring to the National Liberal Party, which he himself used to lead.
“On Monday or Tuesday, I will nominate a prime minister to come up with a government proposal,” he added.
Iohannis also suggested that he supports the idea of early Parliamentary elections, but stressed that the Romanian constitution makes this scenario highly unlikely.
“Romania’s Constitution does not favour early elections. We need now a government to be quickly installed and after the presidential election we can resume discussions on snap elections“, the President said.
Romania's president Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday nominated opposition Liberal Party leader Ludovic Orban to serve as the country's prime minister and form a new government.
Orban has 10 days from receiving President Klaus Iohannis’ mandate to draw up the list with the Cabinet members and the governing programme and build support in the Romanian Parliament, which must vote on whether to approve his proposed government.