PSD vs the Government. PSD-ALDE's no confidence vote against the Grindeanu Government
The long weekend that passed was characterized by a fast succession of events in the political arena, all focused on PSD's failed attempt to replace the head of Government, five months after being sworn into office. On Sunday, Social Democrats' Senate Leader Mihai Fifor read in Parliament the no confidence vote against the Grindeanu Government. The Government currently includes only PM Sorin Grindeanu, who is also Minister for Development (replacing Sevil Shhaideh), Augustin Jianu, Minister of Communications and interim-Minister for Internal Affairs (replacing Carmen Dan), and Victor Ponta, Secretary General of the Government (SGG), replacing Mihai Busuioc.
The ruling coalition fast-tracked the reading of the no confidence vote in Parliament, scheduling it a day before the initial timeline. Fast-tracking the Bill was also an occasion to conduct a pre-voting check, with the ruling coalition requiring 233 votes for the no confidence vote to pass. Not all Social Democrats signed the Bill, the strongest opposition against the no confidence vote coming from Iași, Timiș and Caraș-Severin County branches. With only 222 signatures (199 from PSD and 23 from ALDE), the ruling coalition appears to be 11 votes short. However, PSD's Dragnea announced that the rest of PSD MPs assured him of their votes, and that on Wednesday the Parliament would "massively" vote for the Bill.
While the Social Democrats prepared for reading the Bill in Parliament, the Government continued to work over the weekend. After the Ministry for Regional Development (under Sevil Shhaideh) greenlighted on Friday the second stage of the National Local Development Program (funds for local administration), PM Grindeanu accepted Shhaideh's resignation. All other Secretaries of State within the Ministry for Regional Development were removed from office, the Official Gazette publishing the official decisions on Sunday, June 18, hours before PSD's Fifor read the Bill in the joint plenum. The decision to remove all secretaries was made in order to block any signatures by proxy that could have followed. (...)
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