BUCHAREST – The search for a new PM

After Interim Prime Minister Ludovic Orban renounced his mandate to form a new government on Tuesday (25 February), President Klaus Iohannis will be organising new consultations with parliamentary parties to designate a new PM on Wednesday (25 February).

Ioannis named Orban to form a new government, following the parliament’s no-confidence vote against his previous cabinet. Yet, after Orban proposed the exact list of ministers and a slightly updated governing plan, and said his own party would not vote for the government as part of a ploy to push parliament into calling for snap elections, the Constitutional Court intervened.

The Constitutional Court held that the designation of Orban was unconstitutional because the Constitution states that the president designates a prime minister with the objective of forming a parliamentary majority that will invest a new government.

Naming a PM with the aim of being rejected in parliament is against the Constitution, the Court ruled.

Although parliament must reject two prime minister proposals in order to trigger early elections, the Court decision now makes early elections almost impossible. (EURACTIV.ro)


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