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Romania: Ciuca’s attempt to secure a hitherto unsuccessful majority

Romania’s attempt to secure a majority in parliament has so far failed. After yesterday’s fruitless contacts with the PSD and USR, President Klaus Iohannis called a meeting between Florin Citu and Nicolae Ciuca in Cotroceni in an effort to unblock the situation.

Political sources told Hotnews.ro that at the end of the meeting it was agreed that the caretaker prime minister would have some flexibility in negotiations to allow him to form a majority government in parliament.

Asked by reporters yesterday, Ciuca seemed to prefer working with the USR, while Iohannis preferred a partnership with the PSD.

However, today Citu made statements in which he stressed that Ciuca does not have an extended mandate because it is given only by the party and consequently not by President Iohannis. He also stressed that the mandate is for a minority government.

Asked how the meeting with Klaus Iohannis took place and how the mandate of Nkocolae Ciuca was extended, the President of PNL answered:

“I do not know which meeting you are talking about. “If there was an expansion, it could only be done by the Permanent Political Bureau, there were no PGA meetings, so we remain as we were,” he said.

Analysts commented that Citu’s wish is for Ciuca to submit the mandate due to the failure to form a government, so that he can then take it himself.

Citu also referred to early elections, but polls do not favor the PNL.

A little while ago the situation in PSD seemed to be clarifying. Marcel Ciolacu – who is in constant consultation with PSD leaders in the province – appears to support ending government co-operation with the PNL, rather than supporting a minority government.

PSD MP Alexandru Rafila, who is suspected of being a possible candidate for the Social Democrats, told Antena 3 television last night that PSD’s participation in the government along with PNL and UDMR is a solution that would help Romania manage successfully pandemic crisis. He also stressed that “a month of national solidarity” is needed to take the necessary measures.

For its part, the USR yesterday raised four issues with Ciuca, the first was a clear cooperation protocol, to avoid in the future what happened to Stelian Ion, but the prospects of PNL-USR cooperation are very small due to of the opposition of Citu. especially.

USR spokesman Ionut Mosteanu told Profit News that if the PNL decides to open the doors of coalition talks, then it will have to close the door on the PSD. I do not understand what plan, what strategy the liberals have, he said, but they have to decide because they have “plunged the country into chaos.”

Meanwhile at noon in the Assembly, the former president of the PNL, Ludovic Orban, declared his resignation from the Parliamentary Group of the PNL, explaining that he is not leaving “yet” the party.

Orban said that “what has happened in the last four months is beyond imagination. A political crisis was artificially created, a political party disintegrated, the coalition disintegrated. I do not share this way of doing politics. “I do not accept the lobotomy operation,” he said.

“I am not giving up on PNL yet. It is a holiday to which I have devoted my whole life in the years of maturity. “But there are certain conditions to stay in PNL”, he added.

One of them would be, according to Orban, for the PNL to turn its face away from the citizens and turn its back on Cotroceni’s ‘tenant’.

Ludovic Orban entered politics in 1992 as a member of the Liberal Youth.

The election of a military man as prime minister-designate in peacetime is a strange thing, but the UDMR could work with Nicolae Ciuca, union leader Csoma Botond told RFI. Botond proposed a six-month ceasefire.

The UDMR wants a full-fledged government as soon as possible, he said. This can be done if political actors set aside their egos… to reach a political ceasefire, say, for a period of six months and manage to reach a compromise, (to) form a parliamentary majority as soon as possible Possible. .

Asked why in just six months, he replied: “In six months to overcome this obstacle that the country is facing, the health crisis, the energy price crisis, many issues that need to be resolved. “If we can find a majority that can work longer, we do not have to overthrow the government again after six months. I will come back and correct it, at least for six months, to have a ceasefire and work for the citizens.”

Answering another question, he said that he wants the PNL-USR-UDMR coalition to be reconstituted, which would give a stable majority and not just for six months.ibna

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