Green light for Chamber Speaker’s recall
The Standing committee of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate on the deputies and senators’ statute on Tuesday Okayed Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea’s recall. They decided that Zgonea is losing this position once he has been stripped of the political support of the Social Democrat parliamentary group, which had endorsed him for this portfolio.
“It’s no room for interpretation, the article 32, line 3 clearly says that if losing the political support, a senator or a deputy also loses his position that he obtained through this political support,” the committee’s leader Bogdan Niculescu-Duvaz said.
The vote was 5 to 1. The vote against was cast by Liberal MP Mircea Toader, who argued that the law is not so explicit and that the withdrawal of the political endorsement is a potentially preliminary sanction before the ousting, which means that withdrawing the political support doesn’t necessarily mean that you also lose your position.
The statute committee’s decision will be forwarded to the joint standing bureaus of the Parliament and they will decide the next action, most precisely Zgonea’s revocation.
The Social Democrat chair Liviu Dragnea said on Monday that most probably Valeriu Zgonea’s recall would take place after the local elections (due on June 5th), while reiterating that he would like first the Chamber Regulation to be amended.
The Social Democrat Party’s Executive Committee expelled Valeriu Zgonea, the party’s executive president and the Chamber of Deputies speaker three weeks ago.
Following the decision, the party is to also strip Zgonea of the political support for the position of Chamber speaker.
Before the Executive Committee, the PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea stated that he could no longer team up with Valeriu Zgonea, yet saying that he wouldn’t try to influence his party fellows’ decision.
“I am the one who is leaving when it should have been him (editor note: Liviu Dragnea),” Zgonea commented the oust. He added that PSD decision reminded him of Inquisition and that he thanked God that he hadn’t taken also “his Social-Democrat heart”.