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CCR overrules ex-PM Grindeanu’s appeal against censure motion vote

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) on Wednesday overruled the appeal filed by former PM Sorin Grindeanu on an alleged fraud of MPs’ vote for the censure motion that toppled down his Cabinet.

In a three-page notification, Grindeanu asked the CCR judges on June 29 to take into account the fact that a “legal conflict of constitutional nature between the public authority, due to the direct effect of the result of the vote on the censure motion” was generated. The former PM drew attention to the fact that, although the vote had to be secret, many MPs showed the ballots and the regulations were not respected.

Grindeanu had also asked the officers in the working apparatus “to file a request to the Constitutional Court on behalf of the government” in order to find a solution to “protect the parliamentarians vote.”

Referring to the regulations, Sorin Grindeanu suggested that, if the voting procedure was violated, the vote should be resumed.

The Parliament voted the censure motion filed by PSD against Grindeanu Cabinet by 241 votes to 10.

The former premier said that the recording of proceedings on the result of the vote mentioned that the votes expressed by secret vote with balls had been counted and checked, but he argued that some MPs were noticed while voting at sight.

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