Romanian ruling coalition survives no-confidence vote

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his ruling coalition to continue working in parliament

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Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his leftist ruling coalition received positive results from the no-confidence vote on Friday.

Trough surviving no-confidence, Victor Ponta managed to secure his position as Romanian prime minister.

Before the voting process Ponta said that he was “nervous” about what will happen.

After the results, Ponta told that "What does it mean? We have a government, we have a majority, let's get back to work."

Another leader of the coalition Alina Gorghiu from the centrists said her party will “file a new motion against the government in the autumn.”

The opposition leader Vasile Blaga said "We're still in a crisis, the premier's credibility is being gradually reduced to dust.”

In order to change the ruling government, the no-confidence motion needed 278 votes. The parliament vote for no-confidence motion reached 194. The members of ruling coalition parties; the Social Democratic Party and the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) did not vote.

While voting process continued, some of the Romanian citizens gathered in the capital city Bucharest calling the resignation of Ponta.

The Romanian parliament has rejected the request of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to lift Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s immunity regarding graft investigations on Tuesday.

The request was rejected with the support of 231 members of parliament, while the other 120 voted to lift Ponta’s immunity. According to AP, since Ponta’s centre left coalition dominates parliament the result was expected.

At the beginning of June, the DNA started a criminal investigation into Ponta over allegations of money forgery, tax evasion, money laundry, and conflict of interest. Because Ponta’s immunity has to be lifted by the Romanian parliament for further investigations, DNA prosecutors announced that they filed petitions calling for the abolishment of Ponta’s immunity.

Earlier this week, Ponta called the corruption accusation and ongoing probe into his activities an attempted “coup d’etat” against the Romanian government in order to destabilise the country.

Ponta rejected all demands that he resign, saying that the criminal case was set up by his political enemies.

The DNA has accused Ponta of using fake documents from a law firm to buy apartments and car when he worked as a lawmaker in the Social Democratic Party (PSD) between 2007 and 2008.

The investigators added that the law firm belongs to Ponta’s friend and former Infrastructure Projects of National Interest and Foreign Investment Minister Dan Sova, and Ponta received 40,000 euros from that firm although he did not work there.

Ponta’s questioning was part of a general DNA investigation which resulted in the arrests of several politicians, judges, prosecutors and media moguls including Elena Udrea, a former minister of tourism and former presidential candidate.

Ponta’s family members have also been investigated regarding the same allegations.

Centre-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Victor Ponta has served as Romania’s president since 2012.

TRTWorld and agencies