Romania is on the verge of collapsing as a result of the sacking of the justice minister and the resulting coalition instability.
According to local MPs, ROMANIA has entered a political crisis when Prime Minister Florin Cîu fired Justice Minister Stelian Ion. His actions have sparked a vote of no confidence, which now threatens to split an already shaky government.
Yesterday, Romanian Prime Minister Florin Cîţu fired his justice minister, sparking a political crisis. Stelian Ion, a member of the Union to Save Romania PLUS (USR PLUS), the coalition’s second-largest member behind his National Liberal Party, was dropped (PNL). The resulting uproar has prompted the party to file a resolution of no confidence against him.
Mr Cîţu tried to get a local spending plan through Parliament, but was slammed by Dan Barna, the deputy prime minister and a USR PLUS member.
Mr. Ion had deferred approval of the budget plan because Mr. Barna wanted to add transparency measures to it.
Leaders of USR PLUS have stated that they will oppose the proposals unless the government includes distribution criteria and control measures in its €10 billion infrastructure plan.
Locals speculated that Mr Cîţu would utilize the agreement to seek support from powerful local leaders ahead of a PNL internal election.
As he removed the minister, the Prime Minister stated the behavior was “blackmail.”
He announced the decision on Facebook, stating that he would not accept “ministers who reject Romania’s development” into his cabinet.
“Blocking government action just because you don’t agree to build communities means you’re breaching Parliament’s mandate through the government program,” he said.
“I will not be blackmailed by the Romanian people! Tonight’s decision was unavoidable.”
President Klaus Johannis must first sign off, and he is currently “analyzing” Mr Cîţu’s actions.
Mr Ion used social media while waiting for the final judgment.
He told his Facebook followers that he believed the Romanian Prime Minister had fired him as part of efforts to make the selection process for high-ranking prosecutors more transparent.
Mr Cîţu had “literally signed his own exit” from the administration, according to Mr Ion.
“The tale also has an invisible substratum, which is tied to the ongoing process for hiring high-ranking prosecutors,” he continued.
USR PLUS issued a statement accusing Mr Cîţu of inciting a “political catastrophe” in the country.
The party declared that it had begun writing a vote of no confidence in the government.
The statement stated that the government was “withdrawing political support” for the Prime Minister, calling him “irresponsible.”
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