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Romania: Dismissal of Health Minister shakes political boat

The expulsion of Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu from Florin Citu’s coalition government has caused a stir.

Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna said in a statement after the departure of the Minister that Prime Minister Florin Citu no longer had the support of USR PLUS, as the decision to oust Voiculescu “throws the coalition into a major crisis”. Similar statements were made by USR PLUS Alliance President Damian Ciolos.

Dan Barna stressed that the current government is “working” and the decision on how to go “forward” will be taken at a meeting of the ruling coalition, which was requested by USR PLUS following the dismissal of Minister Voiculescu. It is noted that Barna requested an urgent meeting of the ruling coalition to discuss the withdrawal of confidence from Prime Minister Florin Citu.

“This government is working, this government exists. “We will have a debate in the coalition today to see how we can move forward,” Barna said when asked if the Citu government is still standing.

Meanwhile, when asked if USR PLUS was considering leaving the government if PNL does not withdraw its trust from Florin Citu, he replied: “I have full confidence in the wisdom of USR PLUS, PNL and UDMR to find solutions so that Romania can move forward I have full confidence in the wisdom and maturity of the coalition members in the meeting we will have today, in order to find a way forward.The essence is to govern Romania, something that worries us, and the answer is very “Simple and the Prime Minister gave it to us this morning and I completely agree: Romania does not stand on one person. I agree with this 100%.”

Finally, Dan Barna underlined that he also discussed with President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday and that it remains to be seen whether the mediation of the head of state would be necessary.

PNL President Ludovic Orban said the Liberals support Florin Citu as Prime Minister and there is no reason for him to be replaced.

“Florin Citu is the prime minister and PNL supports Florin Citu. ().) The replacement of the Prime Minister can be decided only by the coalition and for us, PNL, when we took the decision to support Florin Citu for the post of Prime Minister, we anticipated this candidacy, we supported him and we continue to do so. ”

According to a statement from the Romanian Presidency, President Klaus Iohannis signed a decree appointing Prime Minister Florin Citu as caretaker Minister of Health.

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