Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Sunday evening that a motion of censure stands no chance of passing through Parliament at this moment, because the opposition is missing at least 50 votes.
"The assumptions for the censure motion are very simple (...) I do not dispute the right of the opposition to table a censure motion, I just think the time is not right. (...) The second aspect is of a strictly technical nature. If we count the votes of the Opposition we see that they are at last 50 votes short of succeeding. There is no chance for a censure motion to pass at this moment," Tariceanu told Romania TV private broadcaster.
In his opinion, the attempt to force the overthrow of Liviu Dragnea as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies demonstrates that the Opposition is resorting to "desperate attempts" to grab power.
According to Tariceanu, the Opposition "seems in disarray" and President Klaus Iohannis "encourages" the overthrow of the majority, although none of the opposition political parties proved that it could represent an alternative to the government.
"We see that Mr. Barna [of the Opposition Save Romania Union (USR)] has had talks with the President of the country, who I can see that encourages his actions, but (...) the Opposition seems rather in disarray, there is no big deal with the National Liberal Party (PNL) or with USR; we cannot see anything to prove, however, that the Opposition could be an alternative. Unfortunately, this game also engages the president, with the various decisions he has taken, the discussion with Mr. Barna (...), the steps he has been taking to block government reshuffle, all this fits into a specific picture that clearly aims at the current majority being overthrown, but not through elections, which would have been normal. (...) This is not about some democratic steps. It is backstage, underground scheming, occult forces that try by various means (...) to overthrow the majority and the government," said Tariceanu.