Romania's government is set to face a motion of no confidence from the country’s opposition parties on Thursday. The official motion w
Romania’s government is set to face a motion of no confidence from the country’s opposition parties on Thursday.
The official motion will be presented in front of parliament on Monday to challenge the ruling coalition headed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
The government is headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, who was appointed earlier this year.
Romania’s National Liberal Party (PNL) is leading a coalition of 163 MPs from PNL, Save Romania Union (USR) and Pro Romanian (PMP) parties to sign and back a no confidence motion against the Dancila’s government.
The opposition accuses the ruling PSD-ALDE coalition of proposing recent amendments that they say endangers judicial independence.
The opposition parties also criticised Interior Minister Carmen Dan of violently repressing anti-government protests in Bucharest on August 10.
“Carmen Dan, a minister who at midnight guided water cannons, batons and tear gas against peaceful Romanian citizens, against children and mothers, which the police and gendarmerie were supposed to protect, not gas and brutalise, is a commendable minister in your opinion,” the opposition parties told Romanian Insider.
The opposition has also attacked agriculture minister Petre Daea of poorly handling an epidemic of African swine fever from earlier in the year which led to the slaughter of thousands of pigs.
The ethnic Hungarians’ party (UDMR) will most likely not back the motion, giving Prime Minister Dancila a chance to remain in power.
UDMR president Kelemen Hunor told Mediafax that “there is no alternative” to the incumbent ruling coalition.
According to Romanian law, one no confidence motion can be filed per parliamentary session. A previous no confidence motion against the Dancila government failed to gain the necessary support in July.
Romania has been a member of the European Union since 2007.