Ludovic Orban, the president of the Liberal National Party (PNL) announced this week that the censorship motion drafted by the opposition forces was signed by 237 MPs (EN). The motion will be officially registered in Parliament on Monday, September 30th. According to parliamentary regulations, it must be debated after at least 3 days. Thus, given that Thursday is not a day of debates in the plenary of the parliament, most likely the MPs will be called to cast their vote on the censorship motion at the beginning of the following week (starting October 7).
Even if the number of signatures gathered to support the motion is greater than the number of votes required for its adoption, it cannot be concluded with a high degree of certainty that the motion will be adopted (as signatures do not automatically turn into votes). Between the moment of signing the censorship motion and the vote, some MPs may be persuaded to change their position or to be absent on the day of the vote.
However, we must emphasize that there are real premises, for the first time after the 2016 legislative elections, for the passing of a censure motion against the PSD government. This will impact, in anticipation of the vote on the motion, the authority of the prime ministers and of the ministers within their own working apparatus. It is to be expected that by the debate of the motion no acts of high relevance for the business environment will be adopted, neither at the level of the government, nor of the different ministries.
Most likely, President Klaus Iohannis will continue to delay the appointment of new interim ministers for another week and thus the implementation of the recent decision of the Constitutional Court. If the government will be dismissed, it will continue to operate interim until a new government team will be validated in parliament. In this period the interim government will have reduced powers (for example it will not be able to issue Emergency Orders). The president will start negotiations with the parliamentary groups and propose a prime minister. Thereafter the designated PM will have 10 days to obtain the validation of the new government formula in the plenary of the parliament.
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