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Cablegate: Government Survives No-Confidence Vote

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SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT SURVIVES NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE


1. (SBU) On June 11, the government led by PM Calin
Popescu-Tariceanu easily survived a no-confidence motion
initiated by the Democratic Party (PD). The motion received
only 115 votes, mostly from legislators from the pro-Basescu
PD and the Liberal-Democratic Party (PLD), far fewer than the
235 votes necessary to dismiss the government. The governing
parties, the National Liberal Party (PNL) of PM Tariceanu and
the Hungarian party (UDMR) headed by deputy PM Marko Bela
together gathered 112 votes against the motion. The other
parties of the opposition, the Social-Democratic Party (PSD),
the Greater Romania Party (PRM) and the Conservative Party
(PC), abstained from the no-confidence vote.

2. (SBU) Comment. The PSD, the largest parliamentary group,
announced a week before the no-confidence vote that it would
abstain, making yesterday,s vote a foregone conclusion.
Although its motion failed, PD leaders claimed that the
no-confidence vote had forced the PSD to show its support for
the current government. In turn, PSD leaders claimed that
their refusal to endorse the PD no-confidence vote was
evidence that the party had opted out of "choosing between
the incompetence of the PNL and the demagogy of the PD."
Some PSD leaders have suggested that they may introduce their
own no-confidence motion after the release of the European
Union,s country report on Romania in late June. End Comment.
TAUBMAN

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