The Romanian parliament this Monday canceled the motion of censure against the Conservative government of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban for his management of the economic crisis due to the new coronavirus pandemic in the absence of part of the chamber.
Only 226 political representatives attended the meeting, seven fewer than the 233 required for the process to be valid. Among the absences are five MPs from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the political force that tabled the motion of censure.
After the chairman of the PSD, Marcel Ciolacu, learned of the absence of his party colleagues, he threatened to expel him after several Romanian media had assured in the last few hours that the motion of no confidence within the social democratic ranks was not unanimous.
The PSD has criticized the government for not taking the appropriate measures to alleviate the economic crisis created as a result of the pandemic that has left more than 87,500 accumulated cases and 3,621 deaths in Romania to date.