Romania: Cioloş begins negotiations as caretaker Prime Minister

With the mandate to form a government from Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to USR President Dacian Cioloş last night, the caretaker Prime Minister is preparing to begin negotiations with representatives of the PNL, UDMR and minorities.

The USR National Bureau decided last night that the party’s negotiating team will consist of Dan Barna, Anca Dragu, Cătălin Drulă, Vlad Voiculescu and Ionuţ Moşteanu. The composition of the team working on the government program was also decided: Cristian Ghinea, Oana Ţoiu, Anca Dragu, Claudiu Năsui and Dragoş Pîslaru.

“In line with our coherent stance since the parliamentary elections, we are taking the first step by inviting the PNL, UDMR and ethnic minorities to talks on Tuesday to form a government. We call for the coalition to be rebuilt.” “We look forward to a gesture of reciprocity from our former colleagues. We hope that, at the last minute, they will prove that they have a sense of political responsibility,” Dacian Cioloş said in a press release.

Under the country’s constitution, the caretaker prime minister has 10 days to seek a vote of confidence from parliament on the government’s program and composition of the government.

Political analysts believe Cíolos’ chances of forming a government are slim. The first statements from PNL and UDMR, but also from PSD, leave no doubt about this. PNL cynically sends USR to seek votes from its “allies” in PSD and AUR, while UDMR reluctantly reiterates that it is “very difficult” to forget that this party toppled the government of which UDMR was a member . As for the PSD, it is sending the USR to negotiate with PNL, its natural ally.

Given these facts, it is difficult to imagine any solution for the USR other than the minority government.

Many analysts point out that President Iohannis, who with his powers under the Constitution is currently shaping developments, has given Ciolos the mandate with two objectives in mind:

First, if the attempt to form a government fails, which is the most common scenario, the president of the USR to be the “sacrificial prime minister” – instead of someone from the PNL, such as Mr. Bode, z. Vîlceanu or z. Ciuca, names that had been heard in the past- after which Mr. Iohannis could entrust Florin Citu with a second term.

And second, if despite this, Ciolos manages to form a government, he must bear the burden and fatigue of the great and critical problems the country faces this winter./ ibna

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