Romania: Second parliamentary session begins amid government crisis

Romania: Second parliamentary session begins amid government crisis

The second regular Parliamentary Session in Romania begins today in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The regular session begins with a possible change of parliamentary majority, following the withdrawal from the government of the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals (ALDE). The Senate is expected to replace today President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu (ALDE), who announced earlier this week that he would step down as chairman of the Senate.

Viorica Dancila, leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), said on Saturday that after the resignation of Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, one of the PSD’s vice presidents could be appointed interim President. She denied having had  discussions with ALDE leader, Daniel Zamfir, on the Senate Presidency and the change of party. PSD Vice President Gabriela Firea said negotiations are under way between the PSD and other parliamentary parties to maintain a majority.

Senator Ilie Nita announced last week that she resigned from ALDE and has joined the PSD, and according to the current procedure, she should be officially announced at the Senate plenary. Under the Senate rules, the President is elected by secret ballot and each parliamentary group can submit only one proposal. President of the Senate is elected the one who receives the majority of the votes of the present Senators in the first round./ibna